Pharmaceutical Latin: Caulis Akebiae
Caulis Clematidis Armandii
Common English: Akebia Caulis
Armand Clematis Stem
Anemone Clematis Stem
Aristolochiae Manshuriensis
Herbs that Drain Dampness (Diuretics)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Cold
Small Intestine
Tincture: 1-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Promotes urination and unblocks painful urinary dysfunction

Damp-Heat Painful Urinary Dysfunction (Lin Syndrome) with dribbling, painful and rough urination

Edema and ascites

Drains Heart Heat through the Small Intestine

Small Intestine Shi Heat with irritability accompanied by mouth or tongue sores and scanty urination

Promotes lactation and unblocks Blood vessels

Lactation Insufficiency

Amenorrhea and pain and stiffness of the joints (Heat Bi)

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Contraindicated for those with spermatorrhea.
  • Contraindicated for those with frequent urination.
  • Contraindicated for those with Qi Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yang Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with Excess sweating.
  • Contraindicated for those with no Damp-Heat symptoms.
  • Use extreme caution with Yin Deficiency patients (it easily injures fluids).
  • Do not overdose: acute renal failure was reported following a dose of 60g.

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Rz. Alismatis
Ze Xie

Sm. Plantaginis
Che Qian Zi
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Hua Shi
(Rx. et Rz. Rhei)
(Da Huang)

Promotes the circulation of Blood.

Stops pain.

Pelvic infections.

Painful urinary dysfunction due to Damp-Heat in the Bladder.

Nodus Nelumbinis
Ou Jie
Pollen Typhae
Pu Huang

Hb Lysimachiae
Jin Qian Cao
Spora Lygodii
Hai Jin Sha

Fu Ling
Scl. Polypori
Zhu Ling

Painful, bloody urinary dysfunction. (Blood Lin)

Stone Lin.


Sm. Plantaginis
Che Qian Zi

Medulla Junci
Deng Xin Cao

Hb. Lophatheri
Dan Zhu Ye
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang

Heart Fire Transferring to the Small Intestine channel causing edema and painful urinary dysfunction.

Difficult, scanty and burning urination associated with Heart channel Heat shifting to the Large Intestine or Heat clumping in the Bladder or Damp-Heat lodging in the Lower Jiao.

Mouth ulcers, burning throat pain, irritability, and insomnia due to Heart Fire.

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Rx. Stephaniae Tetrandrae
Han Fang Ji
Rz. Atractylodis
Cang Zhu

Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi
Flos Carthami
Hong Hua

Qi Deficiency causing insufficient lactation.

Wind-Damp Bi joint pain.

Amenorrhea due to Blood Stasis.

Pigs’ Feet
Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia


Pigs’ Feet
Sm. Vaccariae
Wang Bu Liu Xing

Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia

Sm. Vaccariae
Wang Bu Liu Xing

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang

Hb. Phylostachys
Zhu Ye
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao
Medulla Junci
Deng Xin Cao
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi

As a stew for insufficient lactation.

Promotes secretion of breast milk.

Heat or Fire in the Heart and Small Intestine.

  1. This herb is usually used with Rx. Angelicae Sinensis Dang Gui to move the Blood and stop pain.
  2. It can be used with sedative herbs to treat restlessness.
  3. Fr. Akebiae Ba Yue Zha spreads Liver Qi and eliminates clumping. It is bitter and neutral and enters the Stomach and Liver channels. It treats Liver/Stomach Disharmony, hypochondriac and hernia pain, scrofula, breast and digestive tract cancer, urinary difficulty and Stone Lin. The dosage is 6-12g.
  4. This herb is more effective at draining Heat than Medulla Tetrapanacis Tong Cao.
  5. Both Mu Tong and Ze Xie promote the flow of fluid pathways and are commonly used together. Mu Tong clears Fire from the Heart and Small Intestine channels and unblocks the flow of Qi and Blood. Ze Xie clears ministerial Fire in the Kidney channel.
  6. Both Mu Tong and Succinum Hu Po drain Fire from the Small Intestine and promote urination to treat rough urination and hematuria due to Small Intestine channel Fire, clear Fire from the Heart channel, dredge and unblock the blood vessels and can be used for amenorrhea due to Blood Stasis. Mu Tong is used primarily for mouth ulcers, red eyes and irritability. it also promotes lactation and treats Damp-Heat painful obstruction. Hu Po clears the Heart and settles fright and is mainly used for spasms and seizures due to Heat from constraint and palpitations, insomnia and disturbing dreams. It also treats hematomas due to trauma as well as sores and toxic swellings.
  7. Both Mu Tong and Medulla Junci Deng Xin Cao clear and drain Heart Fire and direct Small Intestine Heat out through the urine. They are used together to treat Lin syndrome. Mu Tong is bitter, cold and more powerful than Deng Xin Cao. It treats mouth and tongue ulcers and swollen, red eyes. It also unblocks the flow of Qi and Blood to treat amenorrhea, insufficient lactation or painful obstruction. Deng Xin Cao is milder and its treatment of the Heart is primarily aimed at children's night terrors due to Heart Heat. It also drains Lung Heat to treat sore throat.
  8. Dry-fried Caulis Akebia Chao Mu Tong is not so cold and therefore does not injure the Stomach, but still cools Heat and facilitates urination without draining Yuan Qi.