Introduction of Chui Pen Cao:Stringy Stonecrop Herb or Herba Sedi.

TCM Herbalism:Medicinals and Classifications. ✵The TCM herbalism is also known as pharmaceutics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or Chinese pharmaceutics, is the branch of health science dealing with the preparation, dispensing, and proper utilization of Chinese herbs. It is majorly composed of Introduction of Chinese Medicinals, Classification of Chinese Herbs, Formulas, and Patent medicines.

Classifications of Herbs:Herbs Clearing Heat and Drying Dampness.

 TCM Herbs Icon05 Introduction: Herbs Clearing Heat and Drying Dampness: an agent or substance bitter in taste and cold in property that is effective for eliminating heat and dampness, usually used in the treatment of diseases caused by damp-heat, such as acute jaundice, acute dysentery, urinary infection, eczema, boils and abscesses.

 
Classifications of Herbs.

 TCM Herbs Icon 05 Introduction: The Herbs Clearing Heat and Drying Dampness are known including:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,, , , , , , .

 ✵Till the date Oct 10th,2019, there are totally [22] kinds of common TCM herbs, [53] kinds of related plant species, are recorded in this category. These Herbs Clearing Heat and Drying Dampness are briefly introduced separately:

 
Herba Sedi(Stringy Stonecrop Herb).

Sedum sarmentosum Bunge Pin Yin Name: Chuí Pén Cǎo.
 English Name: Stringy Stonecrop Herb.
 Latin Name: Herba Sedi.
 Property and flavor: cool, sweet, tasteless, light sour.

 Brief introduction: The Herb Herba Sedi is the fresh or dried entire plant of Sedum sarmentosum Bunge(family Crassulaceae), used to remove damp-heat and counteract toxins for the treatment of acute and chronic hepatitis, jaundice, boils, and sores. The herb is commonly known as Herba Sedi, Stringy Stonecrop Herb, Chuí Pén Cǎo.

 Botanical source: Common herbal classics and official herbal classics defined the herb Herba Sedi(Stringy Stonecrop Herb) as the fresh or dried entire plant of (1). Sedum sarmentosum Bunge., it is a plant of the Sedum L. Genus, Crassulaceae family, Rosales order. This commonly used species is introduced as:

 Sedum sarmentosum Bunge (1).Sedum sarmentosum Bunge.:
 Botanical description: It is also known as Stringy Stonecrop, or Chuí Pén Cǎo. Perennial succulent herb. The whole plant is glabrous. Root is fibrous, sterile stem prostrate, 10~25 cm long, nodes near ground easy to root. Leaves are usually 3 whorls; Leaf blade oblanceolate full-length rounded, 1.5~2.5 cm long, 3~7 mm wide, apex subacute, base descending, narrow but spur, entire. Cymes, nape, 3-5 branched, flowers small, sessile; Sepals 5-lobed, broadly lanceolate, unequal, 3.5~5 mm long; 5 petals, yellow, lanceolate to oblong, 5~8 mm long; 10 stamens, 2-wheeled, shorter than petals; 5 scales, wedge square, apex slightly concave; 5 carpels, oblong, slightly forked, 5~6 mm long. Follicles with many fine seeds. Seeds ovoid with small papillary projections. It is flowering from May to July, fruiting from July to August.

 Sedum sarmentosum Bunge Ecological environment: The plant grows on sunny slopes, crevices, gullies, and wet roadsides below altitude 1,600 meters above sea level. Resources distribution: The plant distributes in most areas of China.

 Growth characteristics: The plant Sedum sarmentosum prefers a damp environment, cold resistance, it is better to cultivate in fertile sandy soil.

 Characters of herbs: Character identification dried whole grass slightly curled. Roots short, slender stem, brownish-green, 4~8 cm long, 1~2 mm in diameter, stem with more than 10 slightly protruding brown annular nodes, nodes some residual adventitious roots, apex sometimes with flowers; Texture tough or brittle, section center pale yellow. Leaves progressively contracted, easily broken and detached, oblanceolate to rectangular, brownish-green, 1.5 cm long, 0.4 cm wide. Inflorescence cymose; The florets are yellow and white. Slight smell, slightly bitter taste.

 Pharmacological actions: The herb Herba Sedi has an antibacterial effect, the inhibition of staphylococcus alba is strong, the inhibition of staphylococcus aureus is second, it also has a certain inhibitory effect on Escherichia coli, Bacillus typhi, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, streptococcus, Endomyces albicans, Shigella flexneri. And has the function of protecting the liver and reduction of alanine aminotransferase.

 Medicinal efficacy: The herb can clear heat and dampness, detoxification, reduce swelling, reduction of alanine aminotransferase. It is indicated for jaundice with a damp-heat pathogen, dysuria, gonorrhea, carbuncle swelling sore ulcer, acute and chronic hepatitis, persistent hepatitis, diarrhea and dysentery, abscess of the lung, acute appendicitis, sore and furuncle swelling poison, snake insect bites, fire and water burn, swelling and pain in the throat, dental ulcer and eczema, herpes zoster.

 Administration of Herba Sedi(Chuí Pén Cǎo): 
 
Reference: Administration Guide of Herba Sedi(Chuí Pén Cǎo)
TCM Books: Internally:dry herb 15~30 grams,or fresh herb 250 grams(CP),Internally:water decoction, 15~30 grams, fresh herb 50~100 grams, or extract juice.Externally:proper amount, mashed and apply stick, or grinded into powder and smear, or extract juice and smear, or apply stick with water decoction(CHMM).


 
 
References:
  • 1.Introduction of Chui Pen Cao:Stringy Stonecrop Herb or Herba Sedi.
  • 2.TCM Books:DCTM(Dictionary of the Chinese Traditional Medicine),CHMM(Chinese Herbal Materia Medica).

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