Fructus Alpiniae


Fruit of Alpinia oxyphylla Miq., family Zingiberaceae.

Fruit somewhat cambiform, 1.2-2.0 cm long, 1.0-1.3 cm in diameter at the. middle. Surface of carpodermis grey-brown, with longitudinal vascular bundles as 13-20 intermittent lines. Apex with remnant of perianth base; base with residual carpopodium. Carpodermia thin and tough, three lobes of seed masses inside, each seed mass containing 11 irregular flat-rounded seedL Acrid in taste, warm in nature, and attributive to spleen and kidney channels.

1. Warm the spleen and preserve saliva: For spleen deficiency with salivation, usually used together with Radix Codonopsis PilosuIae and Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae; for cold-dampness of spleen and kidney manifested as abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea, usually used together with Semen Mynsticcie and Atractylodis Macrocephalae.
2. Preserve essence and decrease micturition: For deficiency-cold of kidney energy manifested as nocturnal emission, enuresis, nocturia, or slow and difficult discharge of urine, usualiy used together with Rhizoma Dioscoreae and Radix Linderae.

Pharmacologiaal Action
1. Relieving the cyclophosphamide-induced leucopenia in mice.
2. Inhibiting the biosynthesis of prostaglandin.

Administration Decoction: 3-6g


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