Root of Glehnia littoralis F. Schmidt ex Miq., family Umbelliferae.
Root slender-terete, somewhat thin at the tip, thick at the middle, gradually
becoming thin at the base, 15-45 cm long, 0.4-1.2 cm in diameter. Surface
with cork removed appearing yellow-white, coarse, with longitudinal wrinkles
and spotted tibrous root scars. Light and brittle in texture. Sweet and
slightly bitter in taste slightly cold in nature, and attributive to lung
and stomach channels.
1. Nourish yin, moisturize the lung and eliminate phlegm: For lung-dryness
caused by yin-deficiency or impairment of lung-yin by heat with dry cough
and dry throat.
2. Nourish the stomach and promote the production of fluid: For febrile
diseases with consumption of stomach-yin or chronic diseases manifesting
as dry throat and thirst, red tongue with little coating.
1. Its alcoholic extract exerts antipyretic and analgesic effect.
2. Its aqueous extract is a cardiotonic.
Incompatible with Rhizoma et Radix Veratri. The action of Radix Adenophorae
is similar to that of Glehniae, but Glehniae is better for nourishing
yin and Adenophorae is better for expectorant.