Latin names: Caulis mutong, Akebia caulis, Akebia trifoliata, Aristolochia manshuriensis
Chinese name: mu tong
Other names: chocolate vine, clematis stem

What is Akebia?
Akebia is a flowering plant native to Japan, China, and Korea, and is also grown by many gardeners in North America and the United Kingdom as an ornamental vine. The reddish or purple flowers smell mildly of chocolate and the fruits are edible. Between two and three inches long, akebia fruit is usually harvested just before turning ripe, then dried. The red-brown seeds are usually left intact with the fruit for use in herbal remedies.

What are the health benefits of Akebia?
Akebia is antibiotic, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, a diuretic, and a pain reliever. It is used to relieve mouth and tongue sores, promote urination, soothe painful urinary tract infections, and treat edema. The fruits of the akebia have recently been used in treatments for breast and digestive tract tumors.

What are the guidelines for taking Akebia?
Dosages should remain low, no more than 9 grams per day. Akebia should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Because akebia plants contain aristolochic acid, it is best to consult a licensed practitioner or physician before taking.

Where can I find Akebia?
Akebia can be found online and at the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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