Thursday, 31 October 2013

Chinese #Herbs -- Xuan Shen (Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis)

Xuan Shen is also known as Figwort Root. The salty, sweet, bitter and cold herb has been used in TCM as anti bacterial, anti inflammatory, sedative, anti-pyretic agent and to lower blood pressure, blood sugar, etc., as it clears Heat, expels toxins, nourishes Yin, etc. by enhancing the functions of kidney, lung and stomach channels.

2. Harpagide
3. Aucubin
4. 6-methylcatapol
5. Ningpogoside A, B
6.Mingpogenin scropoliside A
7. Angoroside
8. Etc.

Health Benefits
1. Atherosclerotic plaque
In the study to investigate the effect of Si-Miao-Yong-An a Chinese herbal formulation comprising Flos Lonicerae Japonicae, Radix Scrophulariae Ningpoensis, Radix Angelicae Sinensis and Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis,on atherosclerotic plaque stability in rabbit model, showed that Si-Miao-Yong-An reduced the level of triglycerides (TG) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) in blood after treatment for 16 weeks. Compared with model group, Si-Miao-Yong-An decreased the content of many inflammatory cytokines in blood and plaque(1).
2. Hypouricemic effects
In the study to investigate the effects of acteoside administration on serum uric acid levels in mice rendered hyperuricemic with the uricase inhibitor potassium oxonate, showed that when administered orally for 3 days at doses of 50, 100 and 150 mg/kg, acteoside reduced serum uric acid levels by 15.2, 23.8 and 33.1%, respectively, relative to vehicle-treated hyperuricemic mice. Importantly, in non-hyperuricemic mice, the serum uric acid levels were not affected by acetoside treatment. Acteoside also inhibited mouse liver xanthine dehydrogenase XDH and xanthine oxidase XO activity at all three doses(2).
3. Etc.

Side Effects
1. Do not use in case of diarrhea as a result of spleen deficiency
2. Do not use in case of spleen and stomach dampness with no heat
3. Do not use the herb in newborn, children or if you are pregnant or breast feeding without first consulting with the related field specialist.
4. Etc.


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