Mu Tong


Mu Tong in TCM:

Explore the properties of Mu Tong according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: clematis, armand clematis stem, anemone clematis stem
Pharmacuetical Name: Caulis Clematidis Armandii
Properties: bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: HT, SI, UB

Flavors: bitter

Special Properties:
clears heat

    Alternate Forms
  • Guan Mu Tong (Caulis Aristolochiae Manshuriensis)- toxic to the Kidneys; an undesirable species
  • Bai Mu Tong (Caulis Akebia Trifoliata Australis) - not used frequently

Actions / Indications:
  • Promotes urination; drains heat from HT via Small Intestine (instability, mouth or tongue sores, scanty urine, hot sensation of urethra, damp heat PUD, edema, leg qi)
  • Promotes lactation (unblocks vessels for lactation)
  • Unblocks Vessels (menstrual, amenorrhea, damp-heat bi)

    Special Notes:
  • Compare Mu Tong to Ze Xie - both have diuretic functions. But Chuan Mu Tong is more effective toclear heat from HT and SI whereas Ze Xie is better for clearing heat from LV and KD.
  • Mu Tong may be derived from two plants: clematis and akebia. Chuan Mu Tong (Caulis clematidis Armandii) is the most desirable form of Mu Tong, and is found mainly in Sichuan and Guizhou areas.

  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: absence of interior damp heat)