Akebia (木通) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Akebiae Caulis; Akebia
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Akebia; Akebia Stem
Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder
This herb is used to treat symptoms of difficult urination, insomnia, absent menstruation, sore tongue and throat, joint pains, poor circulation, and deficient lactation (TCM: internal damp heat).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Promotes urination and drains heat from the Heart via the Small Intestine; promotes lactation and unblocks blood vessels.
Common Formulas Used In
Cautions in Use
Do not use during pregnancy. Use with extreme caution where there are deficient-Yin conditions since akebia strongly promotes urination.