Akebia quinata

(redirected from mu tong)

Akebia quinata

A potassium salt-rich climbing vine, the stem of which contains saponin and sapogenin and has antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activity. It is used in herbal medicine as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic, and for dry mouth, laryngitis, and sinusitis, and to promote secretion and ease childbirth.
References in periodicals archive ?
The researchers examined the association between having been prescribed Mu Tong, an herb that contains aristolochic acid, and urinary tract cancer using data from the National Health Insurance reimbursement database.
Having been prescribed more than 60 g of Mu Tong (possibly adulterated by Guan Mu Tong before banned), or consumption of an estimated amount of more than 150 mg of aristolochic acid was associated with an increased risk of urinary tract cancer in a dose-dependent manner.
A typical formula for a person with symptoms of stuffy nose, profuse nasal discharge, difficulty breathing is Xin Yi San which includes the following herbs: Xin Yi Hua (Magnolia Flower), Xi Xin (Asarum), Gao Ben (Straw Seed), Fang feng (Ledbouriella), Bai zhi (Angelica), Chuan xiong (Ligusticum), Sheng ma (Cimicifuga), Mu tong (Akebia) and Gan cao (Licorice).
The two UK cases happened after people took medicines with the herbal ingredient "mu tong", used to describe at least four different plants.
Herbalists have also stopped selling Mu Tong which contains Aristolochia.