Dendrobium nobile

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Historical Use of Dendrobium nobile

Dendrobium nobile in Traditional Chinese Medicine


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Common Name  :Dendrobium

Specific Name  : Herba dendrobii

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Collection  : he drug is collected in all year round, fresh material removed from root and soil, dry material removed from foreign matter treated with boiling water for a moment or baked gently to often the rub whle baking or sun drying to remove the leaf sheaths and dried, some rootlets of Dendrobium candidum are trimmed off, stir fried while twisting to a spiral or spring form, then baked to dryness and known as Erhuanshihu (earing-like dendrobium)

Description  : Fresh Dendrobium: cylindrical or flattened cylindrical, about 30cm long, 0.4 - 1.2cm in diameter. Externally yellowish green, smooth or striated longitudinally with distinct nodes, deeper coloured, bearing membranous leaf sheaths. Fleshly succulent, easily broken, odour slight, taste slightly bitter then sweetish and viscous and chewed.Herb of Dendrobium Ioddigesii: Slenderly cylindrical, frequently curved, rolled into masses, 15 - 35cm long, 1 - 3 mm in diameter, internodes 1 - 2cm long. Externally golden, lustrous, finely striated longitudinally. Texture pliable and solid, fracture relatively even. Odourless, taste weak.Herb of Dendrobium fimbriatum: Long conical, 40 - 120cm long, 5 - 8mm in diameter, internodes 3 - 4.5cm long. Externally yellow to dark yellow, deeply grooved longitudinally. Texture lax, fracture fibrous, taste slightly bitter.Herb of Dendrobium Chrysanthum: 30 - 80cm long, 3 - 5mm in diameter, intenodes 2 - 3.5cm long. Externally golden to yellowish-brown, furrowed longitudinally. Texture light and solid, easily broken, fracture somewhat fibrous, viscous when chewed.Erhuanshihu (ear-like Dendrobium): spiral or spring like, usually with 2 - 4 spires, 3.5 - 8cm long when stem pulled to be straight, 2 - 3mm in diameter. Externally yellowish green, finely wrinkled longitudinally at one end. Some short fibrous roots remained at the base of the stem. Texture compact, easily broken, fracture even, viscous when chewed.Herb of Dendrobium nobile: Flattened cylindrical, 20 - 40cm long, 4 - 6mm in diameter, internodes 2.5 - 3cm long. Externally golden yellow or greenish yellow, deeply furrowed longitudinally. Texture hard and fragile, fracture relatively even, taste bitter.

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Processing  : Dry materials, removed from remains of roots, wash clean, cut into sections and dry.

Action  : To benefit the stomach, to promote the production of body fluid, to mourish yin, to remove heat.

Indication  : thirst due to impairment of yin or deficiency of body fluid; loss of appetite with nausea; fever in deficiency conditions after a severe disease; impaired vision

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Dosage  : 6 to 12 g; or 15 to 30 g of the fresh herb.

Storage  : Preserve in a ventilated dry place, protected from moisture; keep the fresh material in a cool and dry place, protected from freezing.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Shigang Zheng, Yadong Hu, Ruoxi Zhao, Tingmei Zhao, Hongjie Li, Dan Rao, Ze Chun
Quantitative assessment of secondary metabolites and cancer cell inhibiting activity by high performance liquid chromatography fingerprinting in Dendrobium nobile.
J. Chromatogr. B Analyt. Technol. Biomed. Life Sci.: 2020, 1140;122017
[PubMed:32050157] [] [DOI] (I a)

Shun Zhang, Haoyan Tu, Jiamin Zhu, Aihong Liang, Peng Huo, Ke Shan, Junyi He, Meng Zhao, Xi Chen, Xiaocan Lei
Dendrobium nobile Lindl. polysaccharides improve follicular development in PCOS rats.
Int. J. Biol. Macromol.: 2020, 149;826-834
[PubMed:31978473] [] [DOI] (I a)

Surendra Sarsaiya, Archana Jain, Qi Jia, Xiaokuan Fan, Fuxing Shu, Zhongwen Chen, Qinian Zhou, Jingshan Shi, Jishuang Chen
Int J Mol Sci: 2020, 21(1);
[PubMed:31906579] [] [DOI] (I e)

Jing Liu, Yucheng Li, Wangqu Liu, Qi Qi, Xin Hu, Siya Li, Jiandu Lei, Long Rong
ACS Omega: 2019, 4(24);20586-20594
[PubMed:31858044] [] [DOI] (I e)

Pei Wang, Xin Chen, Hao Wang, Shengzhuo Huang, Caihong Cai, Jingzhe Yuan, Guoliang Zhu, Xinglian Xu, Wenli Mei, Haofu Dai
Front Chem: 2019, 7;812
[PubMed:31850306] [] [DOI] (P e)



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