INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Medulla Tetrapanacis
Common English: Tetrapanax
Rice Paper Plant Pith
Herbs that Drain Dampness (Diuretics)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Sweet
Bland
Slightly Cold
(Cool)
(Cold)
Lung
Stomach
(Bladder)
2-10g
To promote lactation: 15-18g
Tincture: 1-3ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Promotes urination, resolves Dampness and
c
lears Heat

Damp-Warm febrile disease

Damp-Heat painful urinary dysfunction

It is usually used as an assistant

Promotes lactation

Insufficient or absent lactation

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with Middle Jiao Cold.
  • Use caution during pregnancy.
  • Use caution for those with Qi or Yin Deficiency.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
  • Concurrent use with diuretics such as chlorothiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, furosimide (Lasix), bumetanide (Bumex) and torsemide (Demadex) may lead to increased elimination of water and electrolytes.

Talcum
Hua Shi
Sm. Coicis
Yi Yi Ren

Per. Arecae
Da Fu Pi

Hb. Dianthi
Qu Mai
Fol. Pyrrosiae
Shi Wei

Summerheat with Turbid Dampness causing painful urinary dysfunction, a stuffy chest, heaviness in the body, and headache

Damp-Heat Obstructing the Middle with edema, and abdominal distention

Bloody Lin

Dysuria

Pain due to Damp-Heat in the Bladder

Sm. Vaccariae
Wang Bu Liu Xing
Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia

Sm. Vaccariae
Wang Bu Liu Xing
Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Rx. Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong

Fr. Amomi
Bai Dou Kou
Talcum
Hua Shi
Sm. Coicis
Yi Yi Ren

Insufficient lactation

Insufficient lactation (stronger effect)

Painful urination, cloudy urination and heaviness of the body due to Damp-Heat

Poria
Fu Ling
Polyporus
Zhu Ling
Per. Arecae
Da Fu Pi

Talcum
Hua Shi
Sm. Coicis
Yi Yi Ren
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia
Cx. Magnoliae Officinalis
Hou Po
Fr. Amomi
Bai Dou Kou

 

Edema with dysuria

Damp febrile disorders with sensations of heaviness of the body, lack of thirst, chest oppression afternoon fever and dysuria

 

  1. The processed pith of this herb is made into handicraft material. It is the source of rice paper for calligraphy.
  2. This herb has a dual ability to raise and descend. It facilitates urination and raises Qi to the breast to promote lactation.
  3. Both Tong Cao and Caul. Akebiae Mu Tong facilitate urination, unblock and promote the flow in the channels and collaterals, cool Heat and promote lactation. Tong Cao is better at leaching out Dampness, but less effective at clearing Heat than Mu Tong. It is bland and without the bitterness and drastic harshness of Mu Tong. It does not injure the Yin and is appropriate for mild Damp-Heat. Mu Tong is bitter and cold. It clears and descends Heart and Small Intestine Fire and is used more for mouth and tongue ulcers, rough urination, and hematuria and is better at eliminating accumulated blocked clumps.
  4. Ram. Aeschynomene Indicae Geng Tong Cao promotes diuresis, treats Lin syndrome and promotes lactation. The dosage is 3-6g.