Herbs & Botanicals
Sargent Gloryvine (hong teng)
What is sargent gloryvine? What is it used for?
Sargent gloryvine is a climbing type of vine native to east Asia, especially central China. It can reach a length of approximately 25 feet, and grows best in areas that are semi-shaded or have no shade. The vine is usually harvested in summer and autumn; the branches and leaves are removed first; then, the plant is cut into short sections, sliced while fresh, and dried in the sun for use. Sargent gloryvine is typically used raw.
Sargent gloryvine has bitter and neutral properties, and is associated with the Large Intestine meridian. Its functions are to clear away heat, allowing for the expulsion of toxic substances, and to promote blood circulation to alleviate pain. The vine is also used to kill worms and parasites. Sargent gloryvine is sometimes used as an antibacterial agent, an antirheumatic (for conditions such as arthralgia and rheumatism), a carminative (which helps to expel gas), a diuretic, and a tonic.
How much sargent gloryvine should I take?
The typical dosage of sargent gloryvine is between 15 and 30 grams, decocted in water for drinking. It is typically used with other herbs such as drynaria, peony, and angelica.
What forms of sargent gloryvine are available?
Sargent gloryvine is available most often as a powder, which can be found at most herbal shops and Asian markets. Sliced, fresh vine is also available, but this is more difficult to obtain.
What can happen if I take too much sargent gloryvine? Are there any interactions I should be aware of? What precautions should I take?
Sargent gloryvine may increase the flow of blood through the coronary artery. As a result, it should be used with caution by people who are taking blood-thinning or blood pressure medications. It should also be avoided by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. As always, make sure to consult with a licensed health care provider before taking sargent gloryvine or any other herbal remedy or dietary supplement.
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