Selaginella tamariscina

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Historical Use of Selaginella tamariscina

Selaginella tamariscina in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Juanbai

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Spikemoss

Specific Name  : Herba selaginellae

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected all year round, removed from fibrous root and soil and dried in the sun.

Description  : Herb of Selaginella tamariscina: Crumpled into fisted masses, 3 - 10cm long. Braches fascicled, flat and branched, green or brownish yellow, curved inward, densely growing scaly leaflets, long aristate at the apex, central leaves (ventral leaves) 2 lines. Ovate oblong, arranged obliquely upward, margin membranous, irregularly serrulate. Dorsal leaves (lateral leaves),membranous margin of dorsal surface frequently brownish black. Fibrous roots remained at the base, brown, scattered or clustered in short rods. Texture fragile, easily broken, odourless and taste weak.

Identification  :

Processing  : Herba Selaginellae, eliminate remained fibrous roots and foreign matter, wash clean, cut into section and dry in the sun.Herba Selaginella (carbonized): Stir fry as described under the method for carbonizing by stir frying (appendix ll D) until a charred black colour is produced externally.

Action  : To promote blood circulation and to stimulate menstrual discharge. Herb Selaginellae (carbonized) : Spitting of blood, abnormal uterine bleeding, hematochezia, prolapse of rectum.

Indication  :

Precautions  : Used with caution in pregnancy.

Dosage  : 4.5 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a dry place.

Synonymns for Selaginella tamariscina

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Yun Hee Jeong, Tae In Kim, You-Chang Oh, Jin Yeul Ma
Int J Mol Sci: 2022, 23(19);
[PubMed:36232743] [] [DOI] (I e)

Xin-Jia Yan, Jing Wen, Yang Song, Dong-Mei Sha, Ma-Li-Niu Sha, Shao-Shan Zhang, Yuan Liu
[A new cyclopeptide from Selaginella tamariscina].
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi: 2022, 47(16);4391-4394
[PubMed:36046867] [] [DOI] (P p)

Jing Wen, Yuan Liu, Shao-Shan Zhang, Yang Song, Wen-Lan Li, Xin-Jia Yan
J Asian Nat Prod Res: 2022;1-8
[PubMed:35686907] [] [DOI] (I a)

Liyuan Gao, Peipei Yuan, Yaxin Wei, Yang Fu, Ying Hou, Panying Li, Yi Chen, Yuan Ruan, Ning Zhou, Xiaoke Zheng, Weisheng Feng
Total flavonoids of Selaginella tamariscina (P.Beauv.) Spring ameliorates doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity by modulating mitochondrial dysfunction and endoplasmic reticulum stress via activating MFN2/PERK.
Phytomedicine: 2022, 100;154065
[PubMed:35358932] [] [DOI] (I p)

Bo Wang, Chao Shi, Lei Feng, Wei Pan, Xiang-Ge Tian, Cheng-Peng Sun, Chao Wang, Jing Ning, Xia Lv, Yan Wang, Qian-Hui Yuan, Rui-Xuan Guan, Hou-Li Zhang, Xiao-Chi Ma, Tong-Hui Ma
Potent Inhibition of Human Cytochrome P450 3A4 by Biflavone Components from Ginkgo Biloba and Selaginella Tamariscina.
Front Pharmacol: 2022, 13;856784
[PubMed:35295338] [] [DOI] (P e)



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