Rhizoma Alismatis


The stem tuber of Alismci orientale (Sam.) Juzep., family Alismataceae.

The stem tuber somewhat spheroidal, yellow-white when the coarse cortex is removed, with transverse annular node remnants on which there are numerous scars of fibrous roots; umbilical stem remnants appearing at the upper end and several tubercular bud remnants at the lower. Cross section showing white, granular or farinaceous, with numerous small pores. Sweet and bland in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to kidney and urinary bladder channels.

Promote diuresis to eliminate dampness from the lower-jiao and expel heat: For dampness-retention syndrome, such as edema, dysuria, diarrhea and leucorrhagia, used together with Poria and Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae; for jaundice of dampness-heat type, used together with Herba Artemisiae Seopariae and Poria; for dizziness due to the retention of phlegm used with Rhizoma Atractylodis Macmeephalcie together, recently used for otogenic dizziness; for stranguria of heat type and urinary stone origin, used together with Herba Desmodii Styracifoill; for syndrome of kidney-fire excess manifested as dizziness, flushed face and hectic fever. used together with Radix Rehmanniae and Cortex Moutan Radicis. Recently also used for hyperlipemia, cirrhotic ascites and fatty liver.

Pharmacological Action
1. Protective against hyperlipemia and fatty liver in experimental animals.
2. Its decoction exerts a diuretic effect.
3. Increasing coronary flow in rabbits.
4. Decreasing the level of blood sugar.

Administration Decoction: 6-15g.


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