Illicium difengpi

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Historical Use of Illicium difengpi

Illicium difengpi in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Difengpi

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Difengpi bark

Specific Name  : Cortex illicii

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Collection  : The drug is collected in spring and autumn and dried in the sun or at low temperature.

Description  : Quilled or channeled, 5-15cm long, 1-4cm in diameter, 2-3mm thick. The outer surface greyish brown or dark brown, some showing greyish white patches of lichens, coarse bark easily exfoiliated or fallen off, the expose layer brownish-red. The inner surface brown or brownish red with distinct fine longitudinal wrinkles. Texture lax and fragile, easily broken, fracture granular, odour slightly aromatic, taste slightly astringent.

Identification  : 1.Transverse section: Cork consisting of several rows of cells, the inner walls relatively thick containing reddish- brown substances. Cortex scattered with groups of stone cells, parquent with a few fibre bundles, secretory cells present. Phloem rays of 1 row of cells also showing secretory cells but smaller than those of in cortex. Parenchymatous cells containing reddish-brown substances and starch granules.2.To 2g of the coarse powder add 5ml of chloroform, shake, macerate for 30 minutes and filter. Spot the filtrate in a filter paper, after drying examine under ultra violet light (254nm) a scarlet to pale scarlet fluorescence is produced

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter, wash clean, break to pieces and dry in the sun.

Action  : To relieve rheumatic conditions, and to promote flow of qi and relieve pain.

Indication  : rheumatic arthralgia, lumbar muscle strain

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 6 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a dry place.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

De-Sheng Ning, Yu-Xia Fu, Li-Yan Peng, Hui Tang, Lian-Chun Li, Xing-De Wu, Yu-Song Huang, Zheng-Hong Pan
Phytochemical constituents of the pericarps of Illicium difengpi and their anti-inflammatory activity.
Nat. Prod. Res.: 2018;1-7
[PubMed:30580629] [] [DOI] (I a)

Xiang Zhang, Xiangxiao Meng, Jie Wu, Linfang Huang, Shilin Chen
Chin Med: 2018, 13;31
[PubMed:29983731] [] [DOI] (P e)

Zheng-Hong Pan, De-Sheng Ning, Si-Si Huang, Ling Cheng, Meng-Wen Xia, Li-Yan Peng, Dian-Peng Li
Lignan Glucosides from the Stem Barks of Illicium difengpi.
Molecules: 2016, 21(5);
[PubMed:27171070] [] [DOI] (I e)

Chuntong Li, Zhijun Wu, Wansheng Chen
A new aromatic glucoside from stem bark of Illicium difengpi K.I.B. et K.I.M.
Nat. Prod. Res.: 2015, 29(19);1793-7
[PubMed:25647397] [] [DOI] (I p)

Chuntong Li, Fengmin Xi, Junling Mi, Zhijun Wu, Wansheng Chen
Two New 3,4;9,10-seco-Cycloartane Type Triterpenoids from Illicium difengpi and Their Anti-Inflammatory Activities.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med: 2013, 2013;942541
[PubMed:23762173] [] [DOI] (P p)



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