Menispermum dauricum

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Historical Use of Menispermum dauricum

Menispermum dauricum in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Beidougen

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Asiatic Moonseed Rhizome

Specific Name  : Rhizoma menispermi

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Collection  : The drug is collected in spring and autumn, remove from rootlet and soil and dried.

Description  : Slenderly cylindriccal, tortous and branched up to 50 cm long, 3 - 8 cm in diameter. Externally yellowish brown to dark brown, mostly bearing numerous curved rootlets and exhibiting prominent rootlet scars and longitudinal wrinkles, the outer layers easily exfoliated. Texture tanacious, easily broken, fracture uneven and fibrous, wood yellowish, arranged radially and medullated. Odour slight; taste bitter.

Identification  : To about 5 g of the powder add 5 ml ammonia TS, stir well, allow to stand for 20 minutes. Add 50 ml of chloroform, shake, allow to stand for 1 hour and filter. Extract the filtrate with 5 ml of dilute hydrochloric acid solution in a separating funnel. Transfer the acid solution to two test tubes. Add 1 - 2 drops of potassium iodobismuthate TS to one tube, an orange red precipitate is produced. Add 1 - 2 drops of iodine TS to another tube a brown precipitate is produced.

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

Action  : To remove toxic heat and relieve rheumatic pains.

Indication  : sore throat, colitis, dysentery, rheumatic arthalgia

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Dosage  : 3 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a dry place.

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Jia Shao, Chao-Feng Shi, Jin-Xia Wei, Ya-Xiao Li, Xing-Jie Guo
[Chemical constituents from rhizome of Menispermum dauricum and their anti-hypoxic activities].
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi: 2019, 44(4);723-729
[PubMed:30989885] [] [DOI] (P p)

Baoru Qiao, Hao Wang, Cheng Wang, Minglu Liang, Kai Huang, Yiqing Li
Dauricine negatively regulates lipopolysaccharide- or cecal ligation and puncture-induced inflammatory response via NF-κB inactivation.
Arch. Biochem. Biophys.: 2019, 666;99-106
[PubMed:30946805] [] [DOI] (I p)

Nana Du, Wei Si, Yanfang Liu, Zhimou Guo, Weijia Zhou, Han Zhou, Xinmiao Liang, Chaoran Wang
Strong electrostatic repulsive interaction used for fast and effective alkaloid enrichment from plants.
J. Chromatogr. B Analyt. Technol. Biomed. Life Sci.: 2019, 1105;148-155
[PubMed:30594825] [] [DOI] (I p)

Rie Shirakawa, Sanami Ishikawa, Mizuki Takahasi, Yuuka Ueno, Yoshinori Uekusa, Yuji Narukawa, Takeshi Sugai, Fumiyuki Kiuchi
Preparation of menisdaurigenin and related compounds.
J Nat Med: 2019, 73(1);236-243
[PubMed:30094599] [] [DOI] (I p)

Pan Liu, Xiao Chen, Haizhe Zhou, Liqun Wang, Zaijun Zhang, Xiaohu Ren, Feiqi Zhu, Yi Guo, Xinfeng Huang, Jianjun Liu, Peter S Spencer, Xifei Yang
Oxid Med Cell Longev: 2018, 2018;2025914
[PubMed:30057671] [] [DOI] (I e)



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