Semen Hydnocarpi

 

Source
Seed of Hydnocarpus anthelmintica Pier., family Flacourtiaceae.

Characteristics
Seed ovate, with obtuse ridges, forming 3-4 dimentional bodies, 2-3 cm long, 1-2 cm in diameter. Surface grey-brown or dark-brown, the smaller end with grooves extending to the middle. Acrid in taste, heat in nature, toxic, and attributive to lung channel.

Indication
Expel wind, deprive dampness, clear away toxic material and kill parasite: For leprosy, both internal and external use; external use for scabies, tinea and syphilitic skin lesion.

Pharmacological Action
Chaulmoogric oil inhibits the growth of Bacillus tuberculosis and other acid-fast bacillus in vitro, its effect is as 100 times as that of phenol.

Administration Decoction: 0.3-1.0g.
External use: Appropriate amount.


   

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