Benefits Of Akebia (Akebia Quinata) For Health

Benefits Of Akebia (Akebia Quinata) For Health


Akebia (Akebia Quinata)


Akebia (Akebia Quinata) is known as other name: Akebia, Chocolate Vine, Clematis Stem, Mu Tong...

This is a woody plant that grows perennially either in the form of a groundcover or a twisted vine. A deciduous climber, Akebia quinata grows up to 12 meters or a little over 39 feet. The growth of this species is very rapid.

The plant produces monoecious flowers, which denotes that each flower either has only male or only female reproductive parts. However, there are exceptions too and some plants bear flowers containing both the reproductive parts. Akebia quinata plants are not capable of self-fertilization. During the spring, akebia quinata bears several purple hued flowers, which dangle from the slender stems. Each flower has three petals. Occasionally, the plants bear fruits during the later part of summer, which are akin to those of an eggplant. 

Benefits Of Akebia (Akebia Quinata) For Health
Akebia (Akebia Quinata) Picture

The stems of akebia are slender and rounded. Initially, the stems are green and become brownish when they mature. The leaves of this plant are palmate and appear alternately along the stem. The leaves of this species have a pale bluish-green hue and appear alternately on the stem. Each leaf of akebia is further divided into five leaflets that are stalked and are fused at a central juncture. This is one reason why the plant is also known as the five-leaf akebia.

In Chinese medicine, Akebia is used with the stem to stimulate lactation, menstruation, sweating to detoxify fever, and blood circulation; it soothes the liver and treats skin inflammation; its potassium content makes it a beneficial diuretic for urinary problems and fluid retention; it strengthens the muscles of the digestive tract; the root treats fevers. Akebia was ranked 13th in a survey of 250 potential antifertility plants in China.


Benefits Of Akebia (Akebia Quinata) For Health


The stems of akebia possess therapeutic properties and are employed for treating various health conditions. In Japan as well as China, people dry the stems of this plant keeping them in the open air and use them in the form of a crude medicine. The dried stems are used in the form of an analgesic, antiphlogistic and diuretic. In China, practitioners of herbal medicine also recommend this drug in the form of a diuretic as well as an antiphlogistic for treating conditions like amenorrhea, problems related to the breast, diabetes, dropsy, cold, headaches, general weakness, hernia, lumbago, and rheumatism, in addition to inflamed kidneys and stomach. In China, people sometimes also use a different species called Akebia trifoliata for similar purposes.

Apart from the therapeutic properties of akebia mentioned above, this species is also employed in the form of an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour, and galactogogue agent. When the stem of Akebia is used internally, it helps to cure fungal as well as bacterial infections, in addition to infections of the urinary tract. This herb is also effective for inducing lactation and menstruation. The root of Akebia quinata is employed in the form of an anti-pyretic substance.

Benefits Of Akebia (Akebia Quinata) For Health
Akebia (Akebia Quinata)

The stem of Akebia quinata possesses anti-fungal, anodyne, bitter, diuretic, diaphoretic, febrifuge, laxative, stomachic, stimulant, resolvent and vulnerary properties. Generally, akebia stems are collected during the autumn and air dried for use when needed. Even the fruits of this herb are used for medicinal purpose. Akebia fruits are known to possess diuretic, depurative, stomachic, febrifuge, anti-rheumatic and tonic properties. In fact, the fruits are a well-accepted herbal remedy for treating various cancer forms.

Even the roots of akebia are febrifuge, a medication that helps to cure fever by cooling the body. In fact, in China, akebia was graded 13th following a survey of as many as 250 potential anti-fertility herbs.

Other uses of Akebia (Akebia Quinata)


The peeled stems are very pliable and can be used in basket making. Akebia have sometimes been used as a ground cover, but their method of growth does not really lend themselves to this use.

The fruit of Akebia quinata measures anything between 5 cm and 10 cm in length, while it is about 4 cm in width. Even the tender shoots of this herb are edible. They are added in salads, in addition to using them to making pickles. The akebia leaves of akebia are also used as an alternative for tea.