Notopterygium forbesii

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Historical Use of Notopterygium forbesii

Notopterygium forbesii in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chuanqianghuo ´¨Ç¼»î Xiqianghuo Î÷Ǽ»î Chinese Name (pinyin): Qianghuo

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Notopterygium Root

Specific Name  : Rhizoma seu radix notopterygii

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Collection  : The drug is collected in spring and winter, removed from rootlet and soil, dried in the sun.

Description  : Rhizome of Notopterygium incisum: Cylindrical and somewhat curved. 4 - 13 cm long, 0.6 - 2.5 cm in diameter. Apex with stem scars. Externally brown to blackish brown or yellow where the outer bark fallen off. Internodes shortened, forming dense raised annulations like silk worm (known as Canqiang); or internodes elongated like the nodes of a bamboo (known as Zhujiaqiang). Nodes exhibiting numerous dotted or tuberculate root scar and brown broken scales. Texture light and fragile, easily broken. Fracture uneven with clefts, bark yellowish brown to dark brown, oily with numerous brown oil dots. Wood yellowish white with distinct rays, pith yellow to yelolowish brown. Odor aromatic, taste: slightly bitter and pungent.Rhizome and root of Notopterrygium forbesii: Rhizomes subcylindrical, bearing stems and remains of leaf sheaths, root sub-conical, longitudinally wrinkled and lenticellate, externally brown, with dense annulations near rhizome. 8 - 15 cm long, 1 - 3 cm in diameter (known as Tiaoqiang). Some rhizomes large and stout, irregularly nodiform. Apex bearing several stem bases, roots relatively thin (known as Datouqiang). Texture loose and fragile and easily broken. Fracture slightly even, bark pale brown, wood yellowish white. Odor ant taste relatively slight.

Identification  :

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matters, wash clean, soften thoroughly, cut into thick slices and dry it in the sun.

Action  : To relieve pain and rheumatic conditions.

Indication  : headache in common cold, rheumatic arthralgia and aching of the back and shoulders

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 3 to 9 g.

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

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Zhuona Wu, Qi Zhang, Ning Li, Yiqiong Pu, Bing Wang, Tong Zhang
Comparison of critical methods developed for fatty acid analysis: A review.
J Sep Sci: 2017, 40(1);288-298
[PubMed:27471181] [] [DOI] (I p)

Y-L Chang, H-Y Chen, K-B Chen, K-C Chen, K-L Chang, P-C Chang, T-T Chang, Y-C Chen
Investigation of the inhibitors of histone-lysine N-methyltransferase SETD2 for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia from traditional Chinese medicine.
SAR QSAR Environ Res: 2016, 27(7);589-608
[PubMed:27218135] [] [DOI] (I p)

Feng Shan, Yuan Yuan, Jin-Da Hao, Lu-Qi Huang
[Herbal textual research on origin and development of traditional Chinese medicine "duhuo" and "qianghuo"].
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi: 2014, 39(17);3399-403
[PubMed:25522638] [] (P p)

Shijuan Zhang, Chunli Li, Guoying Zhou, Guodong Che, Jinmao You, Yourui Suo
Determination of the carbohydrates from Notopterygium forbesii Boiss by HPLC with fluorescence detection.
Carbohydr Polym: 2013, 97(2);794-9
[PubMed:23911517] [] [DOI] (I p)

Shijuan Zhang, Jinmao You, Guoying Zhou, Chunli Li, Yourui Suo
Analysis of free fatty acids in Notopterygium forbesii Boiss by a novel HPLC method with fluorescence detection.
Talanta: 2012, 98;95-100
[PubMed:22939133] [] [DOI] (I p)



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