Pharmaceutical Latin: Rhizoma Smilacis Chinensis
Common English: Chinaroot Greenbier Rhizome
Herbs that Relieve Wind-Dampness
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Relieves the Exterior, induces sweat, expels Wind-Dampness, promotes urination and alleviates pain

Rheumatoid arthritis, muscle numbness, osteoarthritis, diarrhea, dysentery

Eliminates toxins, treats sores and carbuncles and relieves swelling topically and internally

Gonorrhea, hemorrhoids, chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, syphilis, scrofula, skin infection, psoriasis, gout and bums

Enhances the functions of the Kidney and Liver channels, increases the libido and treats wasting and thirsting

Diabetes, foot ulcer, Strangury with turbid urine, leukorrhagia, lumbago and pain of the lower extremities

Anti-cancer Breast tumor, Stomach cancer
  • In large doses, it causes nausea and vomiting.
  • Contraindicated for use with tea and vinegar.
  • Contraindicated for those with Internal and Deficiency Heat.







  1. In the Philippines, a decoction of roots and rhizomes is used as depurative in cases of herpetism and syphilis.
  2. In India, it us used to some extent like sarsaparilla, in decoction as a depurative, diaphoretic, stimulant, alterative, antisyphilitic, and aphrodisiac.
  3. It is a sudorific and demulcent and is used to treat rheumatism.
  4. It is used as alterative in old syphilitic cases and in chronic rheumatism.
  5. In large doses, causes nausea and vomiting.
  6. It is used for various skin diseases.
  7. In Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani medical systems, it is used for syphilis, skin diseases, epilepsy, insanity, flatulence, dyspepsia, constipation, fever, neuralgia, rheumatism, gout and general debility.
  8. Smilax Chinensis Ba Qia is the accepted botanical source of the Ayurvedic drug Chopachinee.
  9. In Korea it us used as a remedy for inflammatory disease and ischuria.
  10. This herb can be soaked in wine and made into pills or powder.
  11. It inhibits the growth of staphylococcus aureus and Flexner's bacillus.