|Pharmaceutical Name:||Folium Apocyni veneti|
|Botanical Name:||Apocynum venetum L.|
|Common Name:||Dogbane leaf|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The leaves or whole plant are gathered in summer, dried in the sun and then cut into pieces.|
|Properties and Taste:||Tasteless, astringent and slightly cold|
|Functions:||To pacify the liver and clear heat
To promote urination
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Hyperactivity of liver yang manifested as headache, vertigo, dizziness, irritability and insomnia.
*Use with Prunella spike (Xiakucao), Uncaria stem (Gouteng) and Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua). The herb can also be used alone as a tea.
2. Dysuria and edema.
*Use with herb alone or with other herbs to promote urination.