Thursday, July 14, 2016

Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Therapy - Popular Chinese Herbs - Gou Teng or Jin Gou Teng (Ramulus cum uncis Uncariae)

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Gou Teng or Jin Gou Teng (Ramulus cum uncis Uncariae)

Gou Teng is also known as Gamdir Vine. The sweet and cool herb has been used in TCM as sedative, anti platelet coagulation agent, etc. and to lower blood pressure, to release central nervous tension, treat epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, etc., as it calms convulsions, clears Heat, soothes the Liver, etc., by enhancing the functions of liver and pericardium channels.

1. Rhynchophylline
2. Isorhynchophylline
3. Isocorynoxeine
4. Corynantheine
5. Dihydrocorynantheine
6. Hirsutine
7. Hirsuteine
8. Corynoxeine
9. Isocorynoxeine
10. Hirsutine
11. Hirsuteine
12. Corynantheine
13. Etc.

Health Benefits
1. Tinnitus
In the investigation of the effect of TCM in treating tinnitus, different kinds of medicines were given to the patients of 2 groups with single blind trial. For the controls, only western medicines such as valium, nicotinic acid, mixture bromides, vitamin B Co, ATP and carbamazepine (if 100 mg of lidocaine added to 50% glucose solution intravenously was effective) were taken orally. For TCM-WM group patients, besides the drugs used above, herbal decoctions were given twice a day, and observed for 5 days per therapeutic course. The medicinal herbs consist of: Rhizoma Gastrodiae, Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis, Poria cocos, Flos Chrysanthemi, Akebia quinata, Radix Polygoni Multiflori, Fructus Liquidambris, Radix Rehmanniae, Rhizoma Alismatis, Radix Scrophulariae, Fructus Lycii, Radix Glycyrrhizae, Semen Plantaginis and Semen Vaccariae, found that Of the therapeutic results in 32 cases of TCM-WM group, 11 cases (34.4%) showed absence of tinnitus, 16 (50%) improved, and 5 (15.6%) failed. The total effective rate was 84.4%. In 27 cases of the controls, 5 cases (18.6%) showed absence of tinnitus, 10 (37%) improved, and 12 (44.4%) failed. The total effective rate was 55.6%. It showed that the therapeutic results of TCM-WM group was better than those of the control, according to ” [Tinnitus treated with combined traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine].[Article in Chinese]” by Yang DJ.(1).

 2. Anti infection
In the investigation of a liquid and a powder made from a herbal complex consisting of Uncariae Ramulus cum Uncis, Agrimoniae Herba, Sanguisorbae Radix, Eclipta Prostrate Herba, Pulsatillae Radix, Sophorae Flavescentis Radix, Rehmanniae Radix and Glycyrrhizae Radix were studied for their anticoccidial activities in chickens, found that the birds medicated showed less bloody faeces than those without medication. The intestinal lesion was mild in the chicks medicated with herbal liquid without significantly different lesion score when compared with uninfected chicks, according to “Effects of a herbal complex against Eimeria tenella infection in chickens” by Du A, Hu S.(2).

3. Antioxidants
In the measurement the superoxide radical (O2) and hydroxyl radical (OH) scavenging activity from Mallotus repandus (Willd.) Muell.-Arg., Bauhinia championii Benth., Uncaria hirsuta Haviland and Uncaria rhynchophylla Miquel. O2- and OH, found that the scavenging potencies of water extracts of crude drugs were evaluated in terms of their ability to reduce the peaks of spin adducts. The extract of B. championii showed the greatest superoxide radical and hydroxyl radical scavenger activity, according to “Studies on Taiwan folk medicine, thang-kau-tin (II): Measurement of active oxygen scavenging activity using an ESR technique” by Lin JM, Lin CC, Chen MF, Ujiie T, Takada A(3).

4. Inflammatory effects
In the clarification of the effect of these crude drugs of “Thang-kau-tin” on Taiwan market: (1) the stem of Mallotus repandus (Willd.) Muell.-Arg, (2) the stem and root of M. repandus (Willd.) Muell.-Arg, (3) the stem of Bauhinia championii Benth, (4) the stem with hooks of Uncaria hirsuta Haviland and (5) as anti-inflammatory and liver-protective agents, found that the stem of M. repandus showed the best anti-inflammatory activity against the paw edema induced by carrageenan. Nevertheless, the acute increase of GOT and GPT levels caused by CCl4 were markedly decreased by the treatment of M. repandus (stem), B. championii and U. hirsuta as a recipe group. The pathological changes around the central vein including fatty change, ballooning degeneration, cell necrosis, the increase in lymphocytes and Kupffer cells were improved by the treatment with the group of crude drugs as mentioned above, according to “Studies on folk medicine “thang-kau-tin” from Taiwan. (I). The anti-inflammatory and liver-protective effect” by Lin CC, Lin JM, Chiu HF.(4).

5. Etc.

Side Effects
1. Overdoses may damage liver and heart
2. Do not use the herb in case of Qi deficiency
3. Do not use Gou Teng in newborn, children or if you are pregnant or breast feeding without consulting first with the related field specialist.
4. Etc.

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