Caulis Polygoni Multiflori(Fleece-flower Stem).

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 Tranquilizers.

 TCM Herbs Icon12 Introduction: Herbs Tranquilizers: also known as tranquilizer or tranquilizing herbs, an agent or substance herbs that calms the mind and relieves mental tension.

Classifications of Herbs.

 TCM Herbs Icon 12 Introduction: The Herbs Tranquilizers are known including:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

 ✵Till the date Oct 10th,2019, there are Totally [16] kinds of common TCM herbs, [10] kinds of related plant species, [4] kinds of related fungus species, [12] kinds of related animal species, [4] kinds of related minerals, are recorded in this category. These Herbs Tranquilizers are briefly introduced separately:

Caulis Polygoni Multiflori(Fleece-flower Stem).

 Fleece-flower Stem Brief Introduction: The Herb Caulis Polygoni Multiflori is the dried lianoid stem of Polygonum multiflorum Thunb.(family Polygonaceae), used (1).as a heart-nourishing tranquilizer for treating insomnia and dream-disturbed sleep, (2).to activate blood circulation in collaterals for the treatment of aching limbs. The herb is commonly known as Caulis Polygoni Multiflori, Fleece-flower Stem, Shǒu Wū Ténɡ.

 ✵Common official herbal classics defined the herb Caulis Polygoni Multiflori(Fleece-flower Stem) as the dry stem and vine of the species (1). Polygonum multiflorum Thunb. It is a plant of the Fallopia Genus, Polygonaceae family of the Polygonales order. This commonly used species is introduced as:

 Polygonum multiflorum Thunb. (1).Polygonum multiflorum Thunb.: The Polygonum multiflorum Thunb., is a plant of the Polygonaceae family and Fallopia genus, it also known as "Fallopia multiflora(Thunb.) Haraldson", "Fo-Ti, Fleeceflower Root, Maltiflower Knotweed, Tuber Fleeceflower, Climbing Knotweed, Chinese knotweed, Flowery Knotweed, He-Shou-Wu", or Shǒu Wū, Hé Shǒu Wū, etc. The plant is a perennial vine. Roots slender ends into a hypertrophy root, the appearance of red-brown to dark brown. Stem base slightly woody, hollow. Leaves alternate; with long stems; stipules sheathing membranous, brown; leaf blade narrowly ovate or cordate, 4~8 cm long, 2.5~5 cm wide, apex acuminate, base cordate, Dark green above, light green below, smooth and glabrous on both sides. Panicle. Petals pedunculate, base with membranous bracts; flowers small, green and white perianth, 5-lobed, varying in size, outside 3-winged; dorsal 8, unequal, shorter than perianth; 1 pistil, 3 stigma cracked, head-shaped. Achenes elliptic, 3-sided, black, shiny, outstrip persistent perianth, perianth 3-winged. Its flowering period is from August to October, fruiting from September to November.

 Fleece-flower Stem Polygonum multiflora is a perennial plant. The tuberous root is thick, long elliptic, black-brown. Stem twining, 2~4 meters long, much-branched, longitudinally ribbed, glabrous, slightly scabrous, lower part lignified.

 Leaves ovate or long ovate, 3~7 cm long, 2~5 cm wide, apex acuminate, base cordate or subcordate, both surfaces scabrous, margin entire; Petiole 1.5~3 cm long; Stipules membranous, oblique, glabrous, 3~5 mm long.

 Fleece-flower Stem Flowers: inflorescences paniculate, terminal or axillary, 10~20 cm long, branches spreading, with fine longitudinal edges, densely tuberose along edges; Bracts triangular-ovate, with small projections, apical apex acute, each bract with 2-4 flowers; Pedicels slender, 2-3 mm long, lower articular, fruit prolonged; 5 perianths, deeply divided, white or light green, perianth elliptic, size is not equal, outside 3 larger back wings, fruit when increased, perianth when shape nearly circular, diameter 6-7 mm; 8 stamens, lower filaments wider; 3 styles, very short, stigma capitate.

 Fruit: achene ovate, 3-ribbed, 2.5~3 mm long, dark brown, glossy, enclosed in persistent perianth. Its flowering period is from August to September, fruiting from September to October.

 Polygonum multiflorum Thunb. Ecological environment: It grows in valley thicket, hillside forest, gully edge stone gap, at the area of altitude 200~3,000 meters. This species mainly distributed in East China, central China, southern China, provinces Hebei, southern Gansu, Guizhou, Zhongtiaoshan mountain of Shanxi, southern Shaanxi, Sichuan, Taiwan province, Yunnan and many other provinces.

 Fleece-flower Stem Trait identification:The herb is long cylindrical, slightly twisted, branched, different length, diameter 4~7 mm. Surface purplish red to purplish brown, coarse, with twisted longitudinal wrinkles, nodes slightly enlarged, lateral branches, skin thin, exfoliate. Brittle, easy to break, cross-section cortex purple, wood part yellow-white or light brown, obvious catheter hole, pulp loose, off-white. No odor, taste slightly bitter and puckery.


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