Cuscuta chinensis

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Historical Use of Cuscuta chinensis

Cuscuta chinensis in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Tusibing ÝËË¿±ý Chinese Name (pinyin): Tusizi

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Dodder Seed

Specific Name  : Semen cuscutae

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Collection  : The plant is collected in autumn when the fruit is ripe, dried in the sun, the seed is collected and removed from foreign matters.

Description  : Subspherical, 1 - 1.5mm in diameter. Externally greyish brown or yellowish brown with numerous fine projecting dot, a slightly sunken linear raphe at one end. Texture hard, difficult to break with finger, slight odor and taste weak.

Identification  : Macerate a small quantity in boiling water, a mucilage is produce on the surface, boil until the testa is broken, yellowish white silky rotary embryo is revealed. Total ash: Not more than 10.0% (Appendix lX K)Processing: Eliminate foreign matters, was, clean and dry in the sun.Stir fried with salt : Stir fry clean Semen Cuscutae as described under the method for stir frying with salt water (Appendix ll D) until the seeds become slightly convex. Externally brownish yellow, broken and slightly aromatic. A mucilage is produced on the surface after macerating the processed Semen Cuscutae in appropriate quantity of boiling water. A yellow to dark brown curved and rotary embryo is revealed after boiling.

Processing  :

Action  : To arrest seminal discharge and abnormal urination, prevent abortion, improve eyesight and relieve diarrhea by replenishing and tonifying the liver and the kidney.

Indication  : impotence, seminal emission, dripping of urine after urination, aching and weakness of the loins and knees, blurred vision and tinnitus; threatened abortion due to hypofunction of the kidney; diarrhea due to hypofunction of the spleen and the kidney external: vitiligo

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 6 to 12 g, appropriate quantity for external use.

Storage  : Preserve in a ventilated and dry place.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Yuanyuan Wei, Chao Han, Shuying Li, Yuqing Cui, Yongzhan Bao, Wanyu Shi
Cuscuta chinensis flavonoids down-regulate the DNA methylation of the H19/Igf2 imprinted control region and estrogen receptor alpha promoter of the testis in bisphenol A exposed mouse offspring.
Food Funct: 2020, 11(1);787-798
[PubMed:31930238] [] [DOI] (I p)

Hui Mo, Ning Zhang, Huifu Li, Fan Li, Rong Pu
Beneficial effects of Cuscuta chinensis extract on glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis through modulation of RANKL/OPG signals.
Braz. J. Med. Biol. Res.: 2019, 52(12);e8754
[PubMed:31826180] [] [DOI] (I e)

Jianbo He, Xiaojuan Li, Ziyi Wang, Samuel Bennett, Kai Chen, Zhifeng Xiao, Jiheng Zhan, Shudong Chen, Yu Hou, Junhao Chen, Shaofang Wang, Jiake Xu, Dingkun Lin
Therapeutic Anabolic and Anticatabolic Benefits of Natural Chinese Medicines for the Treatment of Osteoporosis.
Front Pharmacol: 2019, 10;1344
[PubMed:31824310] [] [DOI] (P e)

Keshab Kumar Karna, Bo Ram Choi, Jae Hyung You, Yu Seob Shin, Wan Shou Cui, Sung Won Lee, Ji Hoon Kim, Chul Young Kim, Hye Kyung Kim, Jong Kwan Park
The ameliorative effect of monotropein, astragalin, and spiraeoside on oxidative stress, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and mitochondrial signaling pathway in varicocelized rats.
BMC Complement Altern Med: 2019, 19(1);333
[PubMed:31771569] [] [DOI] (I e)

Yuanyuan Wei, Shuying Li, Chao Han, Yongzhan Bao, Wanyu Shi
Cuscuta chinensis flavonoids alleviate bisphenol A-induced apoptosis of testicular cells in male mice offspring.
Andrologia: 2019, 51(11);e13427
[PubMed:31583719] [] [DOI] (I p)



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