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Common Name: Ji Xue Teng
Millettia reticulata is a Deciduous Climber up to 5.00 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
E. Asia - S. China.
Damp shady places[
]. Thickets on slopes and in valleys at elevations of 100 - 950 metres[
Succeeds in full sun in a fertile moisture-retentive but well-drained soil[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c and down to about -15°c when given the protection of a warm sunny wall[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
Ji Xue Teng is classified in Chinese herbalism as a plant that invigorates the blood. It is used mainly to treat menstrual problems, relieving pain and normalizing an irregular or absent cycle[
The roots and the vines are emmenagogue and stomachic[
]. A decoction is used in the treatment of stomach aches, breathlessness, anaemia in women, menstrual irregularities, vaginal discharge (bloody discharge and leucorrhoea), numbness and paralysis, backache and pain in the knees, seminal emission, gonorrhoea and stomach ache[
The plant is used as a tonic to induce the growth of red blood cells[
The plant contains the antitumour compound rotenone[
The plant contains rotenone, which is used as an insecticide[
Pre-soak the seed for 12 hours in warm water and sow in a greenhouse in spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Layering in spring.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood with the leaves removed, mid summer in moist sand in a frame[