Herba Desmodii Triquetri


The whole plant of Desmodium triquetrum (L.) DC., family Leguminosae.

A subshrub-like herb with four-angled stem. Leaves unifoliate, compound and alternate, apical leaflets lanceolate, leaf wings obyate invertedly resembling calabashes. Raceme axillary, corolla papilionaceous and purple. Legume flat, with 5-8 nodes. Branch, fruit and underside of leaf all covered by hairs. Slightly bitter in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to liver, spleen and large intestine channels.

Clear away heat, promote diuresis, promote digestion and kill parasite: For common cold of summer-heat and dampness type, diarrhea of dampness-heat type, jaundice, infantile malnutrition, dyspepsia, leucorrhagia, ancylostomiasis, edema, etc. Recently also used for Candida albicans infection with stomatitis, enteritis, vaginitis and dermatitis, usually used together with Herba Agastachis.

Pharmacological Action
Inhibiting the growth of Candida albicans in vitro.

Administration Decoction: 15-45g.
External use: Appropriate amount.


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