Semen Cuscutae


Seed of Cuscuta chinensts Lam., family Convolvulaceae.

Seed appearing as small round granules, 1.0-1.5 mm in diameter. Surface grey-brown, with slightly depressed linear hilum, fme and dense reticular marks seen under manifer. Sweet and acrid in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to liver and kidney channels.

1. Invigorate the kidney and supplement essence: For insufficiency of kidney-yang or kidney-essence manifested as impotence, emission, enuresis, frequent micturition, sterility, leucorrhagia, soreness of the loin and knees, tinnitus and deafness.
2. Soothe the fetus: For deficiency of the liver and kidney manifested as threatened abortion and habitual abortion, used together with Ramulus Taxilli, Radix Dipsaci and Colla Coni Asini (Bolus for Soothing Fetus).
3. Nourish the liver and improve visual acuity: For blurring of vision and hypopsia due to insufficiency of the liver and kidney.
4. Benefit the spleen to relieve diarrhea: For loose stools or diarrhea due to deficiency of the spleen and kidney, usually used together with Fructus Psoraleae, Semen Myristicae and Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephakie. Recently, also used for aplastic anemia and chyluria.

Pharmacological Action
1. Cardiotonic.
2. Promoting lymphocyte-blastogenesis.

Administration Decoction: 9-15g.


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