Selaginella tamariscina

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Historical Use of Selaginella tamariscina

Selaginella tamariscina in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Chinese Name (pinyin): Juanbai

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Spikemoss

Specific Name  : Herba selaginellae

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected all year round, removed from fibrous root and soil and dried in the sun.

Description  : Herb of Selaginella tamariscina: Crumpled into fisted masses, 3 - 10cm long. Braches fascicled, flat and branched, green or brownish yellow, curved inward, densely growing scaly leaflets, long aristate at the apex, central leaves (ventral leaves) 2 lines. Ovate oblong, arranged obliquely upward, margin membranous, irregularly serrulate. Dorsal leaves (lateral leaves),membranous margin of dorsal surface frequently brownish black. Fibrous roots remained at the base, brown, scattered or clustered in short rods. Texture fragile, easily broken, odourless and taste weak.

Identification  :

Processing  : Herba Selaginellae, eliminate remained fibrous roots and foreign matter, wash clean, cut into section and dry in the sun.Herba Selaginella (carbonized): Stir fry as described under the method for carbonizing by stir frying (appendix ll D) until a charred black colour is produced externally.

Action  : To promote blood circulation and to stimulate menstrual discharge. Herb Selaginellae (carbonized) : Spitting of blood, abnormal uterine bleeding, hematochezia, prolapse of rectum.

Indication  :

Precautions  : Used with caution in pregnancy.

Dosage  : 4.5 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a dry place.

Synonymns for Selaginella tamariscina

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Yusheng Zhao, Yue Zhang, Hui Kong, Meiling Zhang, Jinjun Cheng, Juan Luo, Yan Zhao, Huihua Qu
Molecules: 2020, 25(3);
[PubMed:31973222] [] [DOI] (I e)

Wei Gu, Aqin Zhang, Hongmei Sun, Yuchen Gu, Jianguo Chao, Rong Tian, Jin-Ao Duan
Identifying resurrection genes through the differentially expressed genes between Selaginella tamariscina (Beauv.) spring and Selaginella moellendorffii Hieron under drought stress.
PLoS ONE: 2019, 14(11);e0224765
[PubMed:31721818] [] [DOI] (I e)

Jaebok Lee, Minkyung Kim, Sang Eun Jeong, Hye Yoon Park, Che Ok Jeon, Woojun Park
Amentoflavone, a novel cyanobacterial killing agent from Selaginella tamariscina.
J. Hazard. Mater.: 2020, 384;121312
[PubMed:31699478] [] [DOI] (I p)

Xinyan Qu, Qingjun Li, Xiaojuan Zhang, Zhaofen Wang, Shengqi Wang, Zhe Zhou
Amentoflavone protects the hematopoietic system of mice against γ-irradiation.
Arch. Pharm. Res.: 2019, 42(11);1021-1029
[PubMed:31549342] [] [DOI] (I p)

Fei Shen, Yijiang Chen, Liang Chen, Jianwei Qin, Zhi Li, Jing Xu
Amentoflavone Promotes Apoptosis in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer by Modulating Cancerous Inhibitor of PP2A.
Anat Rec (Hoboken): 2019, 302(12);2201-2210
[PubMed:31433570] [] [DOI] (I p)



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