Cortex Mori Radicis

 

Source
The root epidermis of Morus alba L, family Moraceae.

Characteristics
Plank-like or twisted quills, unequaI in size. Outer surface yellow-white, or with remained reddish brown cork patches; inner surface yellowish brown, with fme longitudinal striae. Fracture surface coarsely fibrous, with lamellate fibers; powder spreading out when broken. Sweet in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to lung channel.

Indication
1. Purge lung-fire, eliminate phlegm and relieve dyspnea: For lung-heat syndrome with productive cough and dyspnea, usually used together with cbrtex Lycil Radicis, Radix Glycyrrhizae and Fructus Oryzae Sativae (Powder for Expelling Lung-Heat); for fluid-retention syndrome involving the lung manifested as distension of the chest, cough with thin sputum, dyspnea and edema of face, used together with Herba Ephedrae, Semen Armeniacae A marum and Herba Asari.
2. Promote diuresis and reduce edema: For edema and dysuria.
3. Lower blood pressure: For hypertension.

Pharmacological Action
Its extract is hypotensive, cardio-inhibitory and vasoconstrictive, and excites the intestines and uterus in experimental animals.

Administration Decoction: 9-18g.


   

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