Uncaria ( 钩藤 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Uncariae Cum Uncis
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Stems and thorns
This herb is used in formulas that treat high blood pressure, headaches, red eyes, irritability and dizziness (TCM: Liver Yang rising); also has been found useful in treating tremors, seizures, and Blood toxicity during pregnancy or childbirth (TCM: Liver heat with internal Liver wind).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Extinguishes wind and alleviates spasms; quells heat and pacifies Liver; releases exterior.
Common Formulas Used In
Leonuris and Achyranthes
When preparing as a tea, add Uncaria last.
Cautions in Use