Lobelia chinensis

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Historical Use of Lobelia chinensis

Lobelia chinensis in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Banbianlian

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Radical Lobelia

Specific Name  : Herba lobeliae chinensis

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected in summer, remove from soil, wash clean and dried in the sun.

Description  : Usually winded up into masses. Rhizomes 1 - 2mm in diameter, externally pale brownish yellow smooth striated longitudinally. Roots slender, yellow bearing lateral fibrous roots. Stems slender, branched, greyish green with obvious nodes bearing rootlets. Leaves alternate, sessile, mostly crumpled, greenish brown when whole, narrowly lanceolate, 1 - 2.5cm long, 2 - 5mm wide, margin sparsely and shallowly serrate. Pedicels slender, flowers small, solitary and axillary, corolla tubular at the base, 5-lobed at the upper part, oblique on one side, purplish red with white hairs in side the corolla tube. Odour characteristic, taste slightly sweet and pungent.

Identification  :

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter, wash clean, cut into sections and dry in the sun.

Action  : To cause diuresis, and to remove toxic heat.

Indication  : anasarca and ascites; carbuncles and boils, snakebites, insect bites; ascites in late schistosomiasis

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 9 to 15 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a dry place.

Synonymns for Lobelia chinensis

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Evidence or the Use of Lobelia chinensis in the Treatment of Epilepesy

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Jixia Wang, Linlin Chen, Lala Qu, Kuiyong Li, Yaopeng Zhao, Zhiwei Wang, Yuan Li, Xiuli Zhang, Yu Jin, Xinmiao Liang
Isolation and bioactive evaluation of flavonoid glycosides from Lobelia chinensis Lour using two-dimensional liquid chromatography combined with label-free cell phenotypic assays.
J Chromatogr A: 2019, 1601;224-231
[PubMed:31101464] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Haixing Wang, Yuanyuan Li, Yeqing Huang, Chunyan Zhao, Hon-Yeung Cheung
Molecules: 2018, 23(12);
[PubMed:30544710] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

A Helmstädter
Ethnopharmacology in the work of the British botanist Arthur Francis George Kerr (1877 - 1942).
Pharmazie: 2017, 72(1);58-64
[PubMed:29441899] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Zhi-Zhong Li, Neng Wei, Yan Liu, Jin-Ming Chen, Guang-Wan Hu, Qing-Feng Wang
PhytoKeys: 2018, (95);27-36
[PubMed:29440966] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P e)

Wei Sun, Song Yan, Jingjian Li, Chao Xiong, Yuhua Shi, Lan Wu, Li Xiang, Bo Deng, Wei Ma, Shilin Chen
Front Plant Sci: 2017, 8;351
[PubMed:28360920] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P e)



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