Akebia (木通) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Akebiae Caulis; Akebia

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Mu Tong

Common English Name

Akebia; Akebia Stem

Part Used

Stem (caulis)

Nature

Cool

Taste

Bitter

Meridians Entered

Heart, Small Intestine, Bladder

Common Usages

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

Dianthus; Gentiana.

Cautions in Use

Do not use during pregnancy. Use with extreme caution where there are deficient-Yin conditions since akebia strongly promotes urination.



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