Monday, September 19, 2016

Chinese Medicine Herbal Therapy - Popular Chinese Herbs - Quan Shen (Rhizoma Bistortae)

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          Quan Shen (Rhizoma Bistortae)

Quan Shen is also known as Meadow bistort. The bitter, tart and slightly cold herb has been used in TCM to treat enteritis, dysentery, hepatitis.hemorrhoid, appendicitis, tonsillitis, tracheitis, convulsion, edema, urination difficulty, etc., as it clears Heat, expels toxin, disperses Dampness, resolves abscesses, etc., by enhancing the functions of liver, lung and large intestine channels.

1. Tannin
2. Starch
3. Gallic acid
4. Succinic acid
5. 3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid
6. D-catechol
7. L-epicatecho
8. 6-galloylglucose
9. 3,6-digalloylglucose
10. 2,6-dihydroxybenzoic acid
11. (-)-epicatechin-5-O-β-D-glucopyranoside
12. Etc.

Health Benefits
1. Antiradical activity
in the study of Antiradical potential of extracts measured with DPPH radical (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) and was expressed as the number of units per mg of extracts (TAU(515/mg)) and per g of raw material (TAU(515/g)). The amount of phenolic compounds was determined colorimetrically using Folin-Ciocalteu phenol reagent (3H₂O • P₂O5 • 13WO₃ • 5MoO₃ • 10H₂O), found that he strongest antiradical activity was noted for extracts obtained from Cinnamomi cortex; the number of antiradical units per mg of extract (TAU(515/mg)) was 10.31±1.052. The lowest antiradical features were exhibited by extract from Zingiberis rhizoma (0.28±0.174) and extract from Cichorii radix (0.38±0.669). The highest amount of phenolic compounds was measured for extracts from Bistortae rhizoma, with a value (in percentage) of 78.6±13.5(1).

2. Antitumor
In this study to evaluate thje chemopreventive efficacy of Antitumor B, a Chinese herbal mixture of six plants (Sophora tonkinensis, Polygonum bistorta, Prunella vulgaris, Sonchus arvensis L., Dictamnus dasycarpus, and Dioscorea bulbifera) on the development of 4-nitroquinoline-1-oxide (4NQO) induced oral squamous cell carcinomas in A/J mice, found thatsignificant amounts of obacunone, matrine, and maackiain in the blood after 1-wk treatment. The concentrations of these three compounds did not increase further at 18 wk, suggesting that plasma concentrations had reached a steady-state level at 1 wk. There was no significant body weight loss and there was no other obvious sign of toxicity in Antitumor B-treated mice. These results suggest that Antitumor B is a promising agent for human oral cancer chemoprevention(2).

3. Anti-inflammatory activity
In the study to investigate The aqueous ethanolic extracts of Polygonum bistorta L. Polygonaceae, Guaiacum officinale L. Zygophyllaceae and Hamamelis virginiana L. Hamamelidaceae for their anti-inflammatory activity, showed that administered (100 and 200 mg kg-1, p.o.) before the induction of carrageenan rat paw oedema, extracts of P. bistorta significantly suppressed both the maximal oedema response and the total oedema response (monitored as area under the time course curve(3).

4. Etc.

Side Effects
1. Do not use the herb in case if not high heat and fire
2. Do not use the herb in newborn, children or if you are pregnant or breast feeding without first consulting with the related field specialist.


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