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Lovely Hemsleya Root


Luo Guo Di (Radix Hemsleyae)


The drug is the dried root tuber of Hemsleya amabilis Diels (family Cucurbitaceae), growing in shrubs, gullies, woods or at wet places, distributed in Guangxi, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan of China.

  1. 罗锅底
  2. Radix Hemsleyae
  3. Largeseed hemsleya root
  4. Luo Guo Di
  5. 雪胆
  6. Xue Dan

The Effect of Lovely Hemsleya Root


Bitter, cold, slightly toxic; stomach and large intestine meridians entered.


It is used to clear heat and remove toxicity, to relieve pain and stop bleeding; for the treatment of acute gastroenteritis, bacterial dysentery, acute tonsillitis, cervicitis and pain due to external injury, toothache, sore throat, stomachache, hepatitis, furuncle, swelling and pain of eyes, urinary tract infection.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct 6~9 g, or made into powder for oral taking. Proper dosage is for external application, pounded for applying.


It is contraindicated in case of spleen deficiency and stomach cold. Avoid taking overdose.