Radix Glehniae


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.

Pharmacological Action
1. Its alcoholic extract exerts antipyretic and analgesic effect.
2. Its aqueous extract is a cardiotonic.

Administration Decoction: 10-30g.

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.


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