Spatholobus Stem

Source The old vine of Spatholobus suberectus Dunn, (Fam. Leguminosae.)

Producing Areas Mainly in areas of Guangxi

Properties Bitter, Sour, Warm

Channels Liver, Kidney


  • Activates and tonifies blood
    An important herb to treat gynaecological disorders, including dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea and irregular menses due to blood stasis or deficiency of blood.
  • Clearing the channels and relaxes the tendons
    For numbness, arthralgia, musculoskeletal pain, lower back pain, knee pain, or joint soreness from wind-damp due to blood deficiency or stasis.
    Treats paralysis or vertigo due to blood stasis or wind-stroke.

Usage and Dosage
10-15 g is used in decoction for oral use and large amount of 30 g may be used.
It can be soaked in wine or decocted into a paste.

Used with caution in cases of heavy menstruation.

Keep in a dry and well-ventilated place. Protect from mould and moths.

Professional Tips
The sources of the herb are more complex and the users differ in various locations. The main types include:

  1. Vines of Caulis Spatholobi (Millletia dielsiana Harms ex Diels). About ¼ radius of the broken surface, black brown resin-like oil secretes from the concentric circle.
  2. Vines of Caulis Mucunae (M. sempervirens Hemsl). The sliced surface is brown in colour and the wooden portion is also brown in colour, forming 4-6 alternative concentric circles.

Description of Quality Herb
A good stem will have a lot of resin secretion.