Caulis Polygoni Multiflori


Stem of Polygonum multifiorum Thunb., family Polygonaceae.

A herbaceous vine, slender-linear, somewhat twisted, branching, varying in length, 2-7 mm in diameter. Surface purple-brown, with fine longitudinal striae; nodes slightly enlarged, with branch scars and remained stipules or its remnants. Cross section showing thin epidermis; xylem yellow-white, with vessel pores; pith whitish. Sweet in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to heart and liver channels.

1. Nourish the heart and tranquilize the mind: For yin-deficiency with blood-deficiency manifested as vexation, insomnia, dreaminess and insanity, mania, used together with Fructus Ziziphi Jujubae and Radix Polygoni MultiflorL
2. Expel wind to dredge the meridians and alleviate itching: For rheumatism and urticaria (extemal use).

Pharmacological Action
1. Decreasing the level of blood lipids and inhibiting the formation of atherosclerosis.
2. Oral administration of its decoction increases the level of blood sugar in rabbits.

Administration Decoction:10-30g.


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