Ricepaper Pith (Tongcao)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Medulla tetrapanacis|
|Botanical Name:||Tetrapanax papyriferus (Hook.) K. Koch|
|Common Name:||Ricepaper Pith|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Bencao Shiyi|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The stems are gathered in autumn, cut into pieces and the bark is removed. The stems are dried in the sun and cut into slices.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet or no taste and slightly cold|
|Meridian:||Lung and stomach|
|Functions:||To clear heat and promote water metabolism
To promote lactation
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Damp-heat in the urinary bladder manifested as dysuria, painful urination, frequent urination and urgency of micturition.
*Use with herbs that transform damp and clear heat, such as Talc (Huashi) and Plantain seed (Cheqianzi).
2. Insufficient lactation.
*Use with Vaccaria seed (Wangbuliuxing) and Pangolin seed (Chuanshanjia), or cook Ricepaper pith (Tongcao) with pig’s feet.
|Cautions:||This herb should be used with caution during pregnancy.|