Polistes japonicus

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Historical Use of Polistes japonicus

Polistes japonicus in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Fengfang

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Honeycomb

Specific Name  : Nidus vespae

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Collection  : The drug is collected in autumn and winter, dried in the sun or steam brieflly, removed from dead wasps and pupae and dried in the sun.

Description  : In disc-shaped or irregular flattened pieces, some nearly lotus receptacle-shaped, varying in size. The surface greyish white or greyish brown. Ventral side with numerous regular hexagonal openings of cells, the openings 3 - 4mm or 6 - 8mm in diameter, dorsal side with 1 or several black short stalks. Light texture tenacious, slightly elastic, odour slight and taste pungent and weak.. The honeycomb of fragile or hard texture should not be use for medicine.

Identification  :

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter, cut into pieces.

Action  : To dispel wind, to counteract toxicity, to kill parasites, and to relieve itching.

Indication  : toothache due to caries; sores; ulcers; mastitis; scrofula; ringworm, tinea unguium

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 3 to 5 g, to be decocted or scorched; for external use, appropriate quantity to be ground into powder and applied topically after mixing with oil or to be made into decoction for gargling and washing.

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

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Yan Zeng, Anna Nikitkova, Hossam Abdelsalam, Jiyao Li, Jin Xiao
Activity of quercetin and kaemferol against Streptococcus mutans biofilm.
Arch. Oral Biol.: 2019, 98;9-16
[PubMed:30419487] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Fuki Saito, Jun-ichi Kojima, Lien T P Nguyen, Mikiko Kanuka
Polistes formosanus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), a good species supported by both morphological and molecular phylogenetic analyses, and a key social wasp in understanding the historical biogeography of the Nansei Islands.
Zool. Sci.: 2007, 24(9);927-39
[PubMed:17960999] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)

Jin Xiao, Yuling Zuo, Yuan Liu, Jiyao Li, Yuqing Hao, Xuedong Zhou
Effects of Nidus Vespae extract and chemical fractions on glucosyltransferases, adherence and biofilm formation of Streptococcus mutans.
Arch. Oral Biol.: 2007, 52(9);869-75
[PubMed:17382894] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)

Jin Xiao, Yuan Liu, Yu Ling Zuo, Ji Yao Li, Ling Ye, Xue Dong Zhou
Effects of Nidus Vespae extract and chemical fractions on the growth and acidogenicity of oral microorganisms.
Arch. Oral Biol.: 2006, 51(9);804-13
[PubMed:16723116] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)



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