Rhizoma Pinelliae


The tuber of Pinellia pedatisecta Schott, family Araceae.

Axial tuber flat-spherical, surrounded by several lateral tubers, like a tiger paw, 3-4 cm in diameter, with concave leaf base scar at the upper part which is surrounded densely by spotted fibrous root scars. Cross section white and farinaceous. Acrid and bitter in taste, slightly warm in nature, slightly toxic, and attributive to spleen, stomach, lung and liver channels.

Deprive dampness, eliminate sputum, relieve carbuncle, disperse the lumps, expel wind and relieve spasm: For cough of dampness-phlegm type, dizziness of wind-phlegm type, apoplexy, distortion of the face, infantile convulsion, epilepsy, tetanus, etc. Recently used for cancer of cervix (internal and external use), tumour of digestive tract and lung cancer.

Pharmacological Action
Trigonelline is the anticarcinogenic component inhibiting sarcoma180 and hepatic cancer in vitro.

Administration Decoction:
3-9g; 30g for tumour.
Tablet (each containing 10g of crude herb): 2-3 tablets tid.
Ampoule (2 ml containing 10-20g of crude herb): 1 ampoule IM once daily or bid; local injection or as plaster for cancer of cervix.
Suppository or stick: As cervical suppository once daily for cancer of cervix.


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