Herba Selaginellae


Herb of Setaginella doederleinii Hieron., family Selaginellaceae.

A ramous creeping herb with adventitious roots on the branches. Leaves squamelliform, deep green, sessile, growing along the branches; middle leaves bifarious, oblong spreading towards the top of the branch; lateral leaves bifarious, ovate-oblong, spreading laterally. Strobilus tetragonal, usually two strobiluses growing at the top of the branch. Slightly sweet in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to lung, liver and stomach channels.

1. Clear away heat and dampness, promote blood circulation and remove blood stasis: For jaundice of dampness-heat type and abdominal mass. Recently used for acute and chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholecysitis, etc., also for diarrhea, desentery and leucorrhagia of dampness-heat type, cough of lung-heat type, sorethroat, silicosis, and tumors such as lung cancer, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, chorionic epithelioma, tumor of the digestive tract, etc.
2. Stop bleeding: For hematemesis, hemafecia, hemoptysis and epistaxis. External use for bleeding affer trauma and after separation of umbilical cord in infants.

Pharmacological Action
1. inhibiting sarcoma180 and cervix carcinoma14 in mice and L16 cells isolated from human liver cancer.
2. Promoting the adrenocortical function in mice.
3. Promoting metabolism and reticuloendothelial function.

Administration Decoction: 15-30g
Tablet (each containing 3 g of crude herb): 6-9 tablets tid.
Ampoule (2 ml contalning 10g of crude herb): 1 ampoule IM tid or 14-20 ml added in glucose solution IV for drips once daily.


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