Herb latin name: Cynanchum caudatum


Family: Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)



Medicinal use of Cynanchum caudatum:

The rhizome is diuretic. A decoction is used in the treatment of liver cirrhosis, ascots, poor digestion, "accumulation" stoppage caused abdominal pain, gonorrhoea and leucorrhoea.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial Climber


Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Climbs up shrubs and trees in China, Edges of deciduous forests at elevations of 600 - 1700 metres in central and northern Japan.

Edible parts of Cynanchum caudatum:

Root - cooked to remove the bitterness. The root must be thoroughly leeched in order to rid it of toxins.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in the greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

Cultivation of Cynanchum caudatum:

Climbs up shrubs and trees in China, Edges of deciduous forests at elevations of 600 - 1700 metres in central and northern Japan.

Known hazards of Cynanchum caudatum:

The root is toxic.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.