Fructus Arlstolochiae


Fruit of AristoIochiz contorta Bunge or A. debuts Sieb. et Zucc., family Aristolochiaceae.

Capsule oblong or oval, 3-5 cm long, 2-3 cm in diameter. Surface grey-green or grey-grown, with 12 longitudinal striae and many regular transverse fine marks presenting between them. Exocarp light and brittle, becoming 6 lobes when broken; stalks slender with 6 dehiscences jointed with the 6 lobes; each capsule dividing into 6 cells, each of which containing numerous seeds. Seed obtuse-triangular, with regularly folded wings on the margiri. Bitter and slightly acrid in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to lung and large intestine channels.

1. Clear away heat, relieve dyspnea, eliminate phlegm and relieve cough: For dyspneic cough of lung-heat type, cough of dryness-heat type with bloody sputum, and aphonia of lung-heat type.
2. Clear away heat in the large intestine: For hemorrhoids with pain and bleeding.
3. Lower blood pressure: For hypertension with heat-syndrome.

Pharmacological Action
Its decoction inhibits the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Pneumococcus, Bacillus dysenteriae and dermatomyces in vitro.

Administration Decoction: 3-9g


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