Fleeceflower Root

Source

Fleeceflower Root is the root tuber of Polygonum multiflorum Thunb. (Fam. Polygonaceae).

Producing Areas: Henan, Hubei, Guangxi, Guangdong, Guizhou, Sichuan, Jiangsu, etc.

Properties: Bitter, Sweet, Bland, Warm

Channels: Liver, Heart, Kidney

 Action

  • Counteracts toxicity

Lymphadentitis.

  • Cures carbuncles

Carbuncles, urticarial with itching.

  • Relaxes bowels

Constipation and hyperlipemia.

Usage and Dosage

10 – 15 g crude Heshouwu or 12 – 30 g of the prepared herb can be used in decoction, in pills or powder. Or used as decocted paste or soaked in spirit. The prepared is for enriching the essence and blood. The crude is for preventing recurrence of malaria, pyocutaneous disease, eliminating toxic material and moistening the intestine.

Notes

Use with caution for diarrhoea or for patients with severe dampness phlegm.

Characteristic of Herb:

Fleeceflower Root

It is shaped like s pindle or round block, slightly curved, 5 – 15 cm long, 4 – 10 cm in diameter. Its surface is reddish brown, uneven, with irregular longitudinal grooves, dense wrinkles. It is tough and heavy. The broken surface is light brown or light reddish brown and powdery. There are 4 – 11 circle-like clusters of fibre tubes on the skin part, call Yunjing texture. It is light in nature. The flavour is sweet, astringent and slightly bitter.

Description of Quality Herb

Good Heshouwu is heavy, solid and powdery, reddish brown in colour with obvious Yunjing texture.

Professional Advice

Fakes

The roots of Yiliao (Pteroxygonum giraldii Dammer et Diels) and Maomailiao (Polygonum cillinerve (Nakai) Ohwi) are used as Heshouwu in some places. Neither of them has Yunjing texture.

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