Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae


The bulb of Fntillana cirrhosa D. Don, F unibracteata Hsiao et K.C. Hsia and F. przewalskii Maxim., family Liliaceae.

Bulb cordate or ovate-conical, with an acute apex and a flat base, 0.5-1.0 cm high. Surface white, with two scale leaves on the outer verticil; two scale leaves unequal in size, the larger one holding the smaller one with the exposed part revealing a semilunar shape, or similar in size with the apex closed together or slightly opened. Fracture surface white and farinaceous. Sweet and bitter in taste, slightly cold in nature, and attributive to heart and lung channels.

1. Nourish the lung, eliminate phlegm and relieve cough: For dry cough due to yin-deficiency or disorder of internal organs, used together with Radix Adenophorae Strictae and Radix Ophiopogonis; for cough of phlegm-heat type with a constitution of yin-deficiency.
2. Clear away heat, disperse stagnation and relieve carbuncles: As Bulbus Fritillanae Thunbergii but less potent, especially suitable for those with yin-deficiency constitution.

Pharmacological Action
Its active component fritimine can lower blood pressure, inhibit respiration, increase the level of blood sugar and stimulate the uterus in experimental animals.

Administration Decoction: 3-9g.
Powder: 1.0-1.5g bid or tid.


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