Latin names: Radix clematidis, Clematis chinensis, C. hexapetala Pall, C. uhcinata champ.
Chinese name: wei ling xian

What is Clematis?
Clematis is a genus of about 300 species within the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. The species Clematis chinensis, which grows in Eastern Asia and Western China, is a key herb in Chinese medicine. The roots or rhizomes are the plant parts that are used medicinally.

What are the health benefits of Clematis?
Clematis is used primarily to ease arthritic and joint pain, especially the kind that becomes worse when the weather is cold and/or damp. It is also used to relieve abdominal pain and abdominal distention.

Clematis can also be prepared with rice vinegar and brown sugar and taken orally to dissolve small fish bones lodged in the throat. Use 15 to 30 grams of clematis, make a thick decoction, cooking it with vinegar and brown sugar and when cooled down, swallow slowly.

Are there any precautions for taking Clematis?
If ingested in large amounts, the compounds in clematis can cause internal bleeding of the digestive tract. The toxicity of the plant is dissipated by heat or by drying. Clematis is also a mild skin irritant. It is generally best to work with a licensed physician when using clematis.

Where can I find Clematis?

Clematis can be found online through herb suppliers or at the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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