Thursday, 31 October 2013

Chinese Herbs – Xiang Si Zi (Semen Abri precatorii)

Xiang Si Zi is also known as Coralhead plant seed. The bitter, neutral and toxic herb has been used in TCM to get rid of parasitic worms and fungal infection of skin, stop itchiness, treat strokes, scabies,  eczema, etc. as it expels toxin and  watery phlegm, etc. by enhancing the functions of heart and lung channels.

Ingredients
1-Abrine
2. Hypaphorine
3. Methyl ester
4.  N-dimethyltrypto-phan methocation
5. Precatorine
6. Choline
7.  Trigonelline
8. β-Amyrin
9. Cycloartenol
10.  Stigmasterol
11. β-Stigmasterol
12. Etc.

Health Benefits
1. Antimicrobial activity 
In the study to  investigate the in-vitro antimicrobial activities of the extracts of Abrus precatorius, the results substantiate the ethno botanical use of different parts of Abrus precatorius for the treatment of various bacteria-related diseases. Topical application of Abrus precatorius extracts in ointments may be recommended especially for treating superficial infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus(1).
2. Antiplatelet, anti-inflammatory and antiallergic effects
In the study of Five isoflavanquinones have been isolated from the roots of Abrus precatorius L. (Leguminosae), showed that abruquinones A, B, and D exhibited remarkable inhibitory effects on the platelet aggregation. The IC50 of abruquinones A and B for the inhibition of the platelet aggregation induced by arachidonic acid (AA) and collagen were less than 5 micrograms/ml, and of abruquinone D, was less than 10 micrograms/ml for that induced by AA(2).
3. Etc.

Side Effect
1. Do not use the herb with no direction from the related field specialist
2. Etc.


Sources
(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18408781
(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7480175

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