Momordica grosvenori

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Historical Use of Momordica grosvenori

Momordica grosvenori in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Luohanguo

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Grosvenor Momordica fruit

Specific Name  : Fructus momordicae

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected in autumn when the fruit turns from pale green to deep green, dried in the air for several days and dried at a low temperature.

Description  : Ovoid, elliptical or spherical, 4.5 - 8.5cm long, 3.5 - 6cm in diameter. Externally brown, yellowish brown or greenish brown, marked with darked colored patches and covered with yellow fine hairs, some exhibitng 6 - 11 longitudinal lines. Apex with a style scar and base with a fruit stalk scar. Texture light, fragile, pericartp thin, easily broken, sarcocarp songyform, pale brown, seeds oblate, abundant about 1.5cm long and 1.2 cm wide, pale red to rownish red, slightly dented between two surfaces, surrounded by radial furrows and channeled at the edge. Odour slight, taste sweet.

Identification  : 1.Powder: brown, stone cells of sarcocarp mostly grouped, yellow, square or ovoid, 7 - 38µm in diameter, walls thick, pit canals obvious. Stone cells of testa subrectangular or irregular, thin walled and with pits. Fibres long fusiform,16 - 42 µm in diameter, lumina relatively big and pit canals obvious. Vessels scalariform and spiral parenchyatous cells irregular and pitted.2.To 2g of the powder add 50ml of ethanol, heat under reflux for 30 minutes, filter, evaporate the filtrate to about 5ml, extract with two portions of n-butanol (10ml, 5ml), evaporate the combined n-butanol to dryness, dissolve the residue in 0.5ml of methanol as the test solution. Prepare a solution of Fructus Mormordicae reference drug in the same manner as the reference solution. Carry out the method for thin layer chromatograpghy (Appendix Vl B) using silica gel G containing sodium carboxymethyl-cellulose as the coating substance and chloroform-methanol-water (60:10:1) as the mobile phase. Apply separately 10 µl of each of the above two solutions to the plate. After developing and removal of the plate, dry it in the air. Spray with 10% sulfuric acid in ethanol solution, dry with hot blowing until the colour of the spot clear. The spot in the chromatogram obtained with the test solution correspond in the position and color to the spot in the chromatogram obtained with the reference drug solution.

Processing  :

Action  : To remove heat, moisten the lung and relax the bowels.

Indication  : dry cough, sore throat and hoarseness due to heat in the lung; constipation

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 9 to 15 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a dry place, protected from mould and moth.

Synonymns for Momordica grosvenori

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Yong Li, Luyan Zou, Tao Li, Dengni Lai, Yanyang Wu, Si Qin
Mogroside V inhibits LPS-induced COX-2 expression/ROS production and overexpression of HO-1 by blocking phosphorylation of AKT1 in RAW264.7 cells.
Acta Biochim. Biophys. Sin. (Shanghai): 2019, 51(4);365-374
[PubMed:30877761] [] [DOI] (I p)

Jing-Rong Cheng, Xue-Ming Liu, You-Sheng Zhang, Ye-Hui Zhang, Zhi-Yi Chen, Dao-Bang Tang, Jing-Yu Wang
Protective effects of Momordica grosvenori extract against lipid and protein oxidation-induced damage in dried minced pork slices.
Meat Sci.: 2017, 133;26-35
[PubMed:28595100] [] [DOI] (I p)

Sang Chul Jeong, Ratna Tulasi, Sundar Rao Koyyalamudi
Antioxidant Capacities of Hot Water Extracts and Endopolysaccharides of Selected Chinese Medicinal Fruits.
Cancers (Basel): 2016, 8(3);
[PubMed:27005663] [] [DOI] (P e)

Dongfang Shi, Meizhu Zheng, Yumeng Wang, Chunming Liu, Shan Chen
Protective effects and mechanisms of mogroside V on LPS-induced acute lung injury in mice.
Pharm Biol: 2014, 52(6);729-34
[PubMed:24621273] [] [DOI] (I p)

Monthana Weerawatanakorn, Ji-Rui Yang, Mei-Ling Tsai, Ching-Shu Lai, Chi-Tang Ho, Min-Hsiung Pan
Inhibitory effects of Momordica grosvenori Swingle extracts on 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate-induced skin inflammation and tumor promotion in mouse skin.
Food Funct: 2014, 5(2);257-64
[PubMed:24258363] [] [DOI] (I p)



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