Tamarisk Tops (Chengliu)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Cacumen Tamaricis|
|Botanical Name:||Tamarix chinensis Lour.|
|Common Name:||Tamarisk Tops|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Kaibao Bencao|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The leaves are gathered in May and June when the plant flowers, dried in the sun and cut into pieces.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent and neutral|
|Meridian:||Lung, stomach and heart|
|Functions:||To promote sweating and bring the rash to the surface|
|Indications and Combinations:||Early stage of measles due to attack of wind and cold manifested as measles without a rash.
*Use with Arctium fruit (Niubangzi) and Cicaca slough (Chantui) in the formula Zhuye Liu Bang Tang.
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in measles with a rash. A large dosage can cause restlessness.|