Beautiful Sweetgum Fruit
Beautiful Sweetgum Fruit is the dried ripe infructescenes of Liquidambar formosana Hance (Fam. Hamaelidaceae). The drug is collected in winter when the fruit is ripe, removed from foreign matter, and dried.
Description: Colletive fruit, composed of numerous small capsules, spheroidal, 2-3 cm in diameter, with a fruit stalk at the base. Externally greyish-brown or brown, bearing numerous acute spines and small beaked obtuse spines, 0.5-1 mm long, often broken. Small capsules acrocidal, showing small honeycomb-shaped holes. Texture light and hard, uneasily broken. Odour, slight; taste, weak.
Action: To dispel wind and remove obstruction from the collaterals, to cause diuresis, and to stimulate menstrual discharge.
Indications: Arthralgia with numbness and muscular contracture; edema; lack of lactation; amenorrhea.
Usage and dosage: 5-9 g.
Storage: Preserve in a dry place.