Fructus Gleditsiae


The fruit of Gleditsia sinensis Lam., family Leguminosae

Legum slender, 12-35 cm long, 2-4 cm broad, purple-brown, covered by white waxy powder; becoming drepaniform and 4-12 cm in length when the plant is aging or injured. Base with relic fruit stalk, top with remnants of beak-shaped style. Acrid and salty in taste, warm in nature, slightly toxic, and attributive to lung, liver, stomach and large intestine channels.

1. Eliminate phlegm and wake the patient from unconsciousness: For chronic phlegm-syndrome with cough, thick sputum, difficulty in expectoration and chest upset. Recently, used for chronic bronchitis; for apoplexy with distortion of the face, the mixture of its powder and vinegar is used for external application; for sudden syncope, used together with Herba Asari as powder for nasal insufflation; for trismus due to apoplexy, epilepsy with abundant expectoration, used with Alumen together.
2. Promote lactogenesis and relax bowels (extemal use): For galactostasis, its powder wrapped with cloth and soaked in 75% alcohol, then put into the nostril of the same side of the affected breast for 8-12 hours; for ascarial intestinal obstruction or constipation, used with equal amount of Asari mixed with honey and prepared as rectal suppository.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its decoction increases mucous secretion of respiratory tract in experimental cats.
2. Its decoction induces hysterospasm in rats.
3. Inhibiting the growth of Trichophyton violaceum and Nocardia asteroides in vitro.
4. Large dosage may cause hemolysis and paralysis of the respiratory center.

Administration Decoction:
2-5g. Pill and powder: 0.3-0.
4g tid.
External use: Appropriate amount.


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