Clematis chinensis Osbeck or Clematis manshurica Rupr Fam Ranunculaceae


Clematis chinensis Osbeck (Fam. Ranunculaceae)

I. Root; 2. Branch with flower; 3. Infructescence; 4. Fruit english name cnidium fruit part used dried fruit

Fructus Cnidii is produced mainly in the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, Jiangsu, and Anhui. Collected in summer and autumn, the fruit is dried in sunlight and used unprepared.

flavor, property, and channel tropism

Pungent and bitter in flavor, warm in property, acts on the Kidney channel.


Warms the Kidney and strengthens Yang, expels Wind Cold, resolves Dampness, is anthelmintic.

clinical use and major combinations

For impotence and infertility, it is used with Semen Cuscutae (Tu Si Zi) and Fructus Schisandrae (Wu Wei Zi).

For profuse leukorrhea due to Cold Dampness, it is used with Fructus Corni (Shan Zhu Yu), Fructus Schisandrae (Wu Wei Zi), Rhizoma Cyperi (Xiang Fu), and Semen Plantaginis (Che Qian Zi). For long pain due to Dampness, it is used with Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis (Du Zhong), Radix Genti-anae Macrophyllae (Qin Jiao), and Rumulus Taxilli Sutchuenensis (Sang Ji Sheng).

For trichomonas vaginalis, eczema of scrotum, scabies, tinea, and cutaneous pruritus, etc. For trichomonas vaginatis, the decoction is used over the local area or in a bath.

dosage and administration

3 —10 g, decocted in water, or used in pill or powder form for internal use. For external use, 15—30 g.


Not to be used in patients with flaring Fire due to Yin Deficiency or with Damp Heat in the Lower Heater.

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