Radix Cycleae Barbatae


Root of Cyclea barbata Miers, family Menispermaceae

Root terete, irregularly curved, 30 cm long, 0.5-2.0 cm in diameter. Surface cork brown, slightly coarse, with rootlet scars. Cross section whitish and radial. Prepared as short segments. Bitter in taste, cold in nature, and attributive to liver and stomach channels.

1. Relax the muscles: Its alkaloids used as a muscle relaxant for restoration of fracture.
2. Clear away heat and toxic material: For sorethroat, dysentery and diarrhea.
3. Disperse blood stasis and alleviate pain: For trauma, rheumatism, abdominal pain and toothache.
4. Deprive dampness and relieve stranguria: For stranguria of heat type and stranguria cause by urinary stone.

Pharmacological Action
Antipyretic and analgesic.

Administration Decoction: 9-15g.
Ampoule: Its alkaloid 0.8-1.0 mg/kg, or chloro-methyl-levocurare 0.2-.03 mg/kg IV as muscle relaxant.


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