Acorus tatarinowii

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Acorus tatarinowii in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Shichangpu

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Common Name  :Grassleaf Sweetflag Rhizome

Specific Name  : Rhizoma acori talarinowii

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Collection  : The drug is collected in autumn and winter, removed from fibrous root and soil and dried in the sun.

Description  : Compressed cylindrical frequently tortous often branched, 3 - 20 cm long, 0.3 - 1 cm in diameter. Externally brown or greyish brown, rough with uneven annulations, inter nodes 2 - 8 mm long with fine longitudinal wrinkles. One surface with remains of fibrous root scars, leaf scars triangular, arranged alternately, some with hair like and scaly remains of leaf bases. Texture hard, fracture fibrous, whitish or reddish, an endodermis ring distinct, numerous dotted vascular bundles and brown oil cells visible. Odour aromatic, taste bitter and slightly pungent.

Identification  : Transverse section: Epidermal cells with thickened outer walls, brown , some containing reddish brown contents. Cortex broad, scattered with fibre bundles and collateral leaf trace bundles and each surrounded by a bundle sheath of lignified fibres. Endodermis distinct, amphivasal or collateral vascular bundles scattered throughout the stele with less fibrous bundle sheath. Fibre bundles and bundle sheaths surrounded by cells containing prisms of calcium oxalate, forming crystal fibres. Parenchyma scattered with sub rounded cells and containing starch granules.Total ash: Not more than 10.0% (Appendix lX K)Assay: Carry out the method for determination of volatile oil (Appendix X A). It contains not less then 1.0% (ml/g) of volatile oil

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter, wash clean, soften, cut into thick slices and dry.

Action  : To eliminate damp and phlegm, to improve apprtite, nd to restore consciousness and benefit the mentality.

Indication  : feeling of fullness in the epigastrium with anorexia; severe case of dysentery with total loss of appetite; impairment of consciousness in epilepsy; forgetfulness and impaired hearing

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Dosage  : 3 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a dry place, protected from mould.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Nanbu Wang, Haoyu Wang, Lingyu Li, Yunchuan Li, Ronghua Zhang
β-Asarone Inhibits Amyloid-β by Promoting Autophagy in a Cell Model of Alzheimer's Disease.
Front Pharmacol: 2019, 10;1529
[PubMed:32009952] [] [DOI] (P e)

Hui-Hua Chen, Mei-Ju Zhu, Hong-Zhu Zhu, Xiao-Min Ding, Hui Wang, Ze-Hua Mao
[Effects of Acorus tatarinowii Schott and its active component -5- hydroxymethylfurfural on ERK/CREB signal in hippocampus of exercise-induced fatigue rats].
Zhongguo Ying Yong Sheng Li Xue Za Zhi: 2019, 35(4);366-370
[PubMed:31701725] [] [DOI] (P p)

Qinqing Li, Feifei Xu, Qi Zhang, Xiaoqing Li, Meitong Guo, Yiming Zhang, Zilin Wang, Jie Wang, Jiaqi Zhao, Yajuan Tian, Zhao Zhang, Shifeng Chu, Wenbin He
Effect of α-asarone on ethanol-induced learning and memory impairment in mice and its underlying mechanism.
Life Sci.: 2019, 238;116898
[PubMed:31610193] [] [DOI] (I p)

Qian Wang, Li-Li Yuan, Yong-Ling Zhang, Wen-Tao Fan
[Research on network pharmacology of Acori Tatarinowii Rhizoma combined with Curcumae Radix in treating epilepsy].
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi: 2019, 44(13);2701-2708
[PubMed:31359680] [] [DOI] (P p)

Yuxin Zhang, Zhi Wang, Xiaona Xie, Shaoming Wang, Yingjian Wang, Guihua Quan, Hongbing Wang, Wan-Chun Sun
Tatarinan T, an α-asarone-derived lignin, attenuates osteoclastogenesis induced by RANKL via the inhibition of NFATc1/c-Fos expression.
Cell Biol. Int.: 2019;
[PubMed:31286602] [] [DOI] (I a)



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