Indigo Naturalis

 

Source
The branch and leaf of Baphicacanthus cusia (Nees) Bremek. or Polygonum tinctorium Ait. or Isatis tinctoria L., family Acanthaceae, Polygonaceae and Cruciferae.

Characteristics
Prepared as deep blue powder or polyporate and loose masses, light in weight capable of floating on the water, and producing purple-red smoke when burnt. Salty in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to liver channeL

Indication
Clear away heat and toxic material, cool the blood, relieve skin infection: For fire-heat syndrome and blood-heat syndrome, such as seasonal febrile diseases with ardent fever, thirst and eruption, hematemesis, hemoptysis, epistaxis, infantile epilepsy, carbuncle, erysepilas, mumps, snake and insect bite, etc.; for chronic myeloblastic leukemia, may be used with Realgar together; for nasopharyngeal carcinoma with metastasis in the neck region, external use as a supplement of radiotherapy.

Pharmacological Action
Indirubin is the chief active component.
1. Inhibiting leukemia7212 and many otber tumors in experimental animals.
2. Enhancing the function of reticuloendothelial system in healthy mice and promoting phagocytosis of macrophage in mice with cancer.
3. It may cause abdominal pain, diarrhea or bloody stools.

Administration
Indigo Naturalis (tablet. capsule or powder): 2-4g bid or tid; decoction is ineffective for chronic mycloblastic leukemia.
Indirubin tablet (containing 25mg). 2 tablets tid or qid for leukemia.
External use: Appropriate amount.


   

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