Litsea cubeba

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Historical Use of Litsea cubeba

Litsea cubeba in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Bichengqie

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Litsea Cubebs

Specific Name  : Fructus litseae

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Collection  : The drug is collected in autumn when ripe, remove from foreign matter and dried in the sun.

Description  : Subspheroidal, 4 - 6mm in diameter. Externally brown to blackish brown with reticulated wrinkles. Occasionally the base bearing a persistant calyx and fine fruit stalk. A hard fragile kernel visible when removing the pericarp, 1 seed, 2 cotyledons, yellowish brown, oily, odur aromatic and taste slightly pungent and slightly bitter.

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Action  : To warm the spleen and stomach, and promote the flow of qi to relieve pain.

Indication  : nausea and vomiting; due to cold in the stomach, epigastric pain accompanied by feeling of cold; abdominal colic of cold type; turbid urine caused by cold-damp

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 1.5 to 3 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a cool and dry place.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Valentina Virginia Ebani, Fabrizio Bertelloni, Basma Najar, Simona Nardoni, Luisa Pistelli, Francesca Mancianti
Microorganisms: 2020, 8(2);
[PubMed:32069976] [] [DOI] (P e)

Teresa Krzyśko-Łupicka, Sławomir Sokół, And Anna Piekarska-Stachowiak
Molecules: 2020, 25(2);
[PubMed:31936864] [] [DOI] (I e)

Zilong Xu, Yangdong Wang, Yicun Chen, Hengfu Yin, Liwen Wu, Yunxiao Zhao, Minyan Wang, Ming Gao
Genes (Basel): 2019, 11(1);
[PubMed:31906074] [] [DOI] (I e)

Reginaldo Dos Santos Pedroso, Brenda Lorena Balbino, Géssica Andrade, Maria Cecilia Pereira Sacardo Dias, Tavane Aparecida Alvarenga, Rita Cássia Nascimento Pedroso, Letícia Pereira Pimenta, Rodrigo Lucarini, Patrícia Mendonça Pauletti, Ana Helena Januário, Marco Túlio Menezes Carvalho, Mayker Lazaro Dantas Miranda, Regina Helena Pires
Plants (Basel): 2019, 8(11);
[PubMed:31718037] [] [DOI] (P e)

Basma Najar, Jorge Eduardo Shortrede, Luisa Pistelli, Joseph Buhagiar
Chemical Composition and in Vitro Cytotoxic Screening of Sixteen Commercial Essential Oils on Five Cancer Cell Lines.
Chem. Biodivers.: 2020, 17(1);e1900478
[PubMed:31713998] [] [DOI] (I p)



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