Radix Acanthopanacis


The root or rhizome of Acanthopanax senticosus (Rupr. et Maxim.) Harms, family Araliaceae.

Rhizome irregularly terete, tubercular, 1.4-4.2 cm in diameter. Root twisted, 3.5-12 cm long, 0.3-1.5 cm in diameter, its cork thin and easily separated, grey-brown, coarse, with fme and longitudinal grooves. Fracture surface yellow-white and flbrous. Aromatic in odour. Acrid and slightly bitter in taste, warm in nature.

1. Expel wind and dampness, strengthen the tendons and bones: For chronic rheumatism with flaccidity of extremities, infantile paralysis.
2. Nourish the heart and tranquilize manifested as insomnia, dreaminess or adverse reaction at high attitude water. the mind: For deficiency of heart and palpitation; and for seasickness, or under low temperature and deep
3. Benefit vital energy: For spleen-deficiency with poor appetite, loose stools and fatigue. Recently, also used for leukocytopenia, coronary heart disease, chronic bronchitis, thromboang~tis obliterans, or as a subsidiary of anti-carcinogenic drugs or X-ray therapy for tumor.

Pharmacological Action
1. Improving tolerance to fatigue.
2. Increasing the body resistance against diseases.
3. Anti-inflammatory.
4. LD50 is 4.75g/kg in mice.

Administration Decoction: 6-15g. Tablet: 3-4 tablets tid.


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