Trichosanthes Root (Tianhuafen)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Radix Trichosanthis|
|Botanical Name:||Trichosanthes kirilowii Maxim.
Trichosanthes japonica Regel.
|Common Name:||Trichosanthes Root
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The roots are dug in autumn or winter. After cleaning, the skin is peeled off. Then, the roots are cut into pieces or slices and dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter, slightly sweet and cold|
|Meridian:||Lung and stomach|
|Functions:||To clear heat and promote the production of body fluids;
To reduce swelling and dispel pus
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Thirst in febrile diseases.
*Use with Glehnia root (Shashen), Ophiopogon root (Maidong) and Reed root (Lugen).
2. Extreme thirst in diabetes.
*Use with Pueraria root (Gegen), Schisandra fruit (Wuweizi) and Anemarrhena rhizome (Zhimu).
3. Dry cough due to lung heat.
*Use with Mulberry bark (Sangbaipi), Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuanbeimu) and Platycodon root (Jiegeng).
4. Boils and carbuncles.
*Use with Forsythia fruit (Lianqiao), Dandelion herb (Pugongying), Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuanbeimu) and Honeysuckle flower (Jinyinhua).
|Cautions:||This herb should be used with caution during pregnancy.|