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aka Five-leaf Akebia, Chocolate Vine
(Akebia trifoliata)

CONTAINS: High in potassium salts.

Attractive woody climber native to Japan, China and Korea. The young branches are purplish in color. The stems (MU TONG] are available from Chinese pharmacies in thin slices with a characteristic center full of holes.

PROPAGATION: By seed in spring or fall; by semi-ripe cuttings in summer; by layering in winter. Does not like to be transplanted.
NEEDS: Well-drained soil and full sun.
HARVEST: Stems cut in autumn and dried for use in decoctions and powders.

Bitter, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, strong diuretic .
The fruit stalk is purgative.
Stimulates the circulatory and urinary systems.
Stimulates female organs; used for amenorrhea and to improve poor lactation.
In Chinese medicine a stew of MU TONG and pork knuckles is used to encourage lactation.
Also used in Chinese medicine as a purgative and for inflammations of the skin, fever, to increase menstrual flow and induce sweating.
Roots are used to treat fever.
Used internally for urinary tract infections, rheumatoid arthritis.

©2000 by Ernestina Parziale, CH