Herba Sambuci Chinensis


The root or the whole plant of Sambucus chin ensis Lindl, family Caprifoliaceae.

A herb or shrub. Stem pith white. Leaves odd, pinnately compound, opposite, with 3-5-9 leaflets, lanceolate. Large compound corymb terminal; flower small and white, some of them becoming yellow calyciform glands. Drupe globular and red. Bitter and acrid in taste, slightly cold in nature, and attributive to urinary bladder and liver channels.

1. Promote diuresis and relieve edema: For edema, beriberi, especially for cirrhotic ascites and nephritic edema; also for infectious hepatitis.
2. Promote blood circulation and remove stasis: For sprain, contusion, fracture, postoperative pain (oral or external use); also for lochiorrhea.
3. Clear away heat and toxic material: For sorethroat, skin infection, dysentery, cough and dyspnea due to lung-heat.

Pharmacological Action
1. Accelerating the healing of experimental fracture rabbits.
2. Its active component, ursolic acid, is a sedative, analgesic and antipyretic.
3. Another component, caffeic acid, is a chologogue.
4. Inhibiting the growth of Shigelia flexneri and streptococcus in vitro.

Administration Decoction: 15-30g.
Instant granules: 1 pack tid.
External use: Appropriate amount.


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