Information on Clematis

Latin NameClematis chinensis
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsBulk herb.
AffectsUrinary system
CautionsThe herb and root are acrid and poisonous when used raw or undried. The herb loses much of these undesirable effects during cooking, but it is still considered slightly toxic if taken in large amounts.
Botanical InfoA woody vine with white flowers from mixed hardwood forests of central China.
DescriptionThe root of the Chinese Clematis vine, Clematis chinensis has been used for centuries to treat arthritis. It is especially effective for arthritis that gets worse in cold and damp weather. A tincture of the root is used in China for patients with arthritis with good results.
A decoction of the fresh leaves and small twigs is used effectively as a gargle for acute tonsillitis.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Clematis

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Tonsils, infected--acuteanti-inflammatorytea as a gargle


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Bensky, D. and A. Gamble. 1986. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.