Cynanchum versicolor

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Historical Use of Cynanchum versicolor

Cynanchum versicolor in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Xianbaiwei ÏÊ°×Þ± Chinese Name (pinyin): Baiwei

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Swallowwort Root

Specific Name  : Radix cynanchi atrati

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected in spring and autumn, washed clean and dried.

Description  : Rhizomes thick and short, knotty, mostly tortuous. Some rounded stem scars occurring at the upper part and numerous slender roots fascicled bilaterally at the lower part. Roots 10 - 25 cm long, 1 - 2 mm in diameter. Externally brownish yellow. Texture fragile, easily broken, fracture yellowish white in bark and yellow in wood. Odour slight and taste slightly bitter.

Identification  :

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter, wash clean, soften thoroughly, cut into sections and dry.

Action  : To remove heat from blood, to relieve dysuria, and to counteract toxicity and cure sores.

Indication  : febrile diseases with invasion of the pathogenic factors into the blood; fever due to deficiency of yin, in phthisis, or due to deficiency of blood after delivery; acute urinary tract infection, dysuria with hematuria; carbuncles and other subcutaneous pyogenic infections

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 4.5 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a ventilated dry place.

Synonymns for Cynanchum versicolor

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Hui Lei, Yong-bing Wang, Gong-sheng Xiao, Wei-ying Zong, Tao Wang
[Study on chemical constituents from active fraction of Cynanchum versicolor].
Zhong Yao Cai: 2014, 37(10);1798-800
[PubMed:25895387] [] (P p)

Zhaoguang Zheng, Weidong Zhang, Lingyi Kong, Mingjin Liang, Huiliang Li, Min Lin, Runhui Liu, Chuan Zhang
Rapid identification of C21 steroidal saponins in Cynanchum versicolor Bunge by electrospray ionization multi-stage tandem mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry.
Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom.: 2007, 21(3);279-85
[PubMed:17200975] [] [DOI] (P p)

A Liang, B Xue, Q Yang, Z Li, J Wang, M Fu
[Pharmacological comparative study on baiqian and baiwei].
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi: 1996, 21(10);622-5, inside back cover
[PubMed:9772633] [] (P p)

Q Sheng-Xiang, Z Zhuang-Xin, Y Lin, Z Jun
Two New Glycosides from the Roots of Cynanchum versicolor.
Planta Med.: 1991, 57(5);454-6
[PubMed:17226183] [] [DOI] (P p)

S X Qiu, Z X Zhang, J Zhou
[Structural determination of neocynaversicoside isolated from Cynanchum versicolor bunge].
Yao Xue Xue Bao: 1990, 25(6);473-6
[PubMed:2284977] [] (P p)



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