Stellaria dichotoma var. lanceolata

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Historical Use of Stellaria dichotoma var. lanceolata

Stellaria dichotoma var. lanceolata in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Yinhu Òøºú Chinese Name (pinyin): Yinchaihu

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Stellaria Root

Specific Name  : Radix stellariae

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Collection  : The drug is collected in spring and summer when the plant sprout or after autumn when stem and leaves wither, removed from rootlet, soil and dried in the sun.

Description  : Cylindrical, occasionally branched, 15 - 40 cm long, 1 - 2.5 cm in diameter. Externally pale yellow or yellowish white with twisted longitudinal wrinkles, scars of lateral roots and pitted hollows from which powder spread and brown splits observed. The apex with close aggregated warty traces of stems. Texture hard and fragile, easily broken, fracture split, bark fairly thin, wood with radiate striations alternating between yellow and white in colour, odour slight, taste sweet.

Identification  : 1.Transverse section: Cork consisting of several to more than 10 layers of cells. Cortex narrow, sieve tube groups of phloem distinct. Cambium in a ring. Xylem well developed, medullar rays broad, more than 10 cells wide. Parenchymatous cells containing sand crystals of calcium oxalate, mainly in ray cells.2.Macerate 1 g of the powder in 10 ml of dehydrated ethanol for 15 minutes and filter. Examine 2 ml of filtrate under an ultra violet light (365 nm), a brilliant blue and slight purple-fluorescence is shown.Acid insoluble ash: Not more than 5.0%

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

Action  : To relieve fever in deficiency conditions.

Indication  : fever due to deficiency of yin; consumptive fever, fever in infantile malnutrition

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 3 to 9 g.

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

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Su-Jin Bae, Jae-Won Choi, Byung-Joon Park, Jina Lee, Eun-Kyeong Jo, Young-Ha Lee, Sung-Bae Kim, Jae-Min Yuk
Protective effects of a traditional herbal extract from Stellaria dichotoma var. lanceolata against Mycobacterium abscessus infections.
PLoS ONE: 2018, 13(11);e0207696
[PubMed:30452471] [] [DOI] (I e)

Yuh-Fung Chen, Ping-Chung Kuo, Hsiu-Hui Chan, I-Je Kuo, Fu-Wen Lin, Chung-Ren Su, Mei-Lin Yang, Ding-Tzai Li, Tian-Shung Wu
β-carboline alkaloids from Stellaria dichotoma var. lanceolata and their anti-inflammatory activity.
J. Nat. Prod.: 2010, 73(12);1993-8
[PubMed:21090796] [] [DOI] (I p)

Toshio Morikawa, Bohang Sun, Hisashi Matsuda, Li Jun Wu, Shoichi Harima, Masayuki Yoshikawa
Bioactive constituents from Chinese natural medicines. XIV. New glycosides of beta-carboline-type alkaloid, neolignan, and phenylpropanoid from Stellaria dichotoma L. var. lanceolata and their antiallergic activities.
Chem. Pharm. Bull.: 2004, 52(10);1194-9
[PubMed:15467234] [] [DOI] (P p)

J Han, S Cai, J Li, M Shang, Z Cui, Z Lou, Y Han
[Studies on identification of yinchaihu by UV and IR].
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi: 1999, 24(8);454-6, 509
[PubMed:12205861] [] (P p)

H Morita, K Takeya, H Itokawa
Cyclic octapeptides from Stellaria dichotoma var. lanceolata.
Phytochemistry: 1997, 45(4);841-5
[PubMed:9195763] [] [DOI] (P p)



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