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Mulberry Leaf

Other name  

Mulberry leaf in Chinese practice (Folium Mori)

  What it is:
This herb consists of the leaves of Morus alba L. (family Moraceae), yielded in most parts of China, collected during the frost season, dried in sunlight, and used unprepared or stir- baked.
Sweet and bitter in flavour, cold in property, acting on the lung and liver channels.
Expelling pathogenic wind-heat, cleaning away heat from the lung to arrest cough, and clearing up heat from the liver to improve acuity of vision.
  Used for :
  1. Affection by exopathogenic wind- heat or epidemic febrile diseases at the early stage with manifestations of fever, dizziness, headache, cough, and swollen and sore throat. It is often used with chrysanthemum flower, forsythia fruit and platycodon root, as in Decoction of mulberry leaf and Chrysanthemum (Sang Fu Yin).
  2. Impairment of the lung by pathogenic dry heat manifested as cough with thick sputum, dryness in the nose and throat, etc. It is often used with bitter apricot kernel, fritillary bulb and ophiopogon root, as in Decoction of mulberry Leaf and Apricot Kernel(Sang Xing Tang) and Decoction for Clearing Away Dryness and Treating Lung Disorder (Qingzao Jiufei Tang).

3. Conjunctival congestion with dryness, pain and discrimination due to the excess type of heat or wind- heat in the liver channel. The herb is often used with chrysanthemum flower and cassia seed. For blurred vision due to deficiency of the liver-yin, it can be used with black sesame seed to prepare honeyed boluses for long-term administration, as in Bolus of Mulberry Leaf and Sesame Seed (Sang Ma Wan).

Dosage and administration: 5-10 g, decocted in water for an oral dose or made into the forms of bolus and powder.

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