Herb of Hedyotis diffusa Wuld., family Rubiaceae.
A herbelet. Stem spreading out and branching. Leaves opposite, linear,
with two stipules. Flower solitary or in pairs, axillary, white and small.
Sweet and bland in taste, cool in nature, and attributive to lung, liver,
urinary bladder and large intestine channels.
1. Clear away heat and toxic material, promote blood circulation and remove
blood stasis: For sthenia-heat syndrome in qifen and heat-toxic syndrome,
especially for appendicitis, sorethroat and mumps; for acne, seborheic
dermatitis, and various kinds of tumours, such as tumours of digestive
tract, carcinoma of liver, pancreas and urinary bladder, lymphoma, hysteromyoma,
etc.; also for snake bite.
2. Clear away dampness-heat: For jaundice of dampness-heat type, used
together with Spica h~neliae and Radix Glycyrrhizae; infectious hepatitis
including acute, chronic and fulminant types, also for stranguria of heat-type,
leucorrhagia of dampness-heat type and edema.
Its components coumarins, triterpenes, polysaccharide and B-sitosterol
inhibit the growth of sarcoma180 and cervix carcinoma14 in vitro.
2. Promoting white cell phagocytosis and humoral immunity.
Ampoule (2 ml containing 4g of crude herb): 1-2 ampoules IM qd or bid.