Mu Tong (aka Chuan Mu Tong) - Damp: Promote Urination and Relieve PUD
UB, HT, SI (3-9g)


Mu Tong
- Mu Tong was the name of Farmer Jeb's pitch fork
Farmer Jeb was a masochist - whenever he got HT fire transferring to SI he would poke his cows with a pitch fork every time they failed to urinate, menstruate, or lactate.

Jeb found out that poking during pregnancy (cc: pregnancy) was prohibited, and also during absence of interior damp heat (cc: absence of interior damp heat)

English Name: clematis, armand clematis stem, anemone clematis stem
Pharmacuetical Name: Caulis Clematidis Armandii
Properties: bitter, cold

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
urinate promotes urination
menstruate unblocks vessels (menses)
lactate promotes lactation


      Mu Tong Actions and Indications
  • Promotes urination; drains heat from HT via Small Intestine (instability, mouth or tongue sores, scanty urine, hot sensation of urethra, damp heat PUD, edema, leg qi)
  • Promotes lactation (unblocks vessels for lactation)
  • Unblocks Vessels (menstrual, amenorrhea, damp-heat bi)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: absence of interior damp heat)
    Alternate Forms
  • Guan Mu Tong (Caulis Aristolochiae Manshuriensis)- toxic to the Kidneys; an undesirable species
  • Bai Mu Tong (Caulis Akebia Trifoliata Australis) - not used frequently
    Special Notes:
  • Compare Mu Tong to Ze Xie - both have diuretic functions. But Chuan Mu Tong is more effective to clear heat from HT and SI whereas Ze Xie is better for clearing heat from LV and KD.
  • Mu Tong may be derived from two plants: clematis and akebia. Chuan Mu Tong (Caulis clematidis Armandii) is the most desirable form of Mu Tong, and is found mainly in Sichuan and Guizhou areas.

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