Uncaria sinensis

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Historical Use of Uncaria sinensis

Uncaria sinensis in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Nengouteng ÄÛ¹³ÌÙ Shuangouteng Ë«¹³ÌÙ Chinese Name (pinyin): Gouteng

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Hooked Uncaria

Specific Name  : Ramulus uncariae cum uncis

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Collection  : The drug is collected in autumn and winter, removed from leaf, cut into section and dried in the sun.

Description  : Cylindrical or subsquare, 2 - 3 cm long, 2 - 5 mm in diameter. Externally reddish brown to purplish red with fine longitudinal striations, glabrous or yellowish green to greyish brown. Sometimes with white dotted lenticels covered with yellowish brown pubescence. Most nodes of stem branch with two opposite downward curved hooks (sterile peduncles). Some only with a hook at one side and with raised scars at the other side, hooks relatively flattened or rounded, apex acute, base relatively broad, dotted scars of falling petiole and ring shaped stipule scars visible on the branch at the hook base. Texture hard and tenacious, fracture yellowish brown, bark fibrous, pith yellowish white or hollowed. Odourless, taste weak.

Identification  : Moisten 1 g of the powder with concentrated ammonia, add 30 ml of chloroform, extract for 30 minutes, filter and evaporate the filtrate to dryness. Dissolve the residue in 5 ml of hydrochloric acid solution (1Õ100). Filter into three test tubes. To the first tube add 1 - 2 drops of potassium iodobismuthate TS, a yellow precipitate is produced, to the second tube add 1 - 2 drops of mercuric potassium iodide TS, a white precipitate is produced. To the third tube add 1 - 2 drops of silicontungstic acid TS, a white precipitate is produced.

Processing  :

Action  : To remove heat, subdue hyperactivity of the liver, and arrest convulsions.

Indication  : headache, dizziness, convulsion, eclampsia, hypertension

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 3 to 12 g, to be added when the decoction is nearly done.

Storage  : Preserve in a dry place.

Synonymns for Uncaria sinensis

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Huiqin Pan, Changliang Yao, Shuai Yao, Wenzhi Yang, Wanying Wu, Dean Guo
A metabolomics strategy for authentication of plant medicines with multiple botanical origins, a case study of Uncariae Rammulus Cum Uncis.
J Sep Sci: 2019;
[PubMed:31858716] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I a)

Jian-Gang Zhang, Ji-Jun Chen, Chang-An Geng
[Advances in indole alkaloids from traditional Chinese medicine of Uncariae Ramulus Cum Uncis documented in Chinese Pharmacopoeia].
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi: 2019, 44(4);685-695
[PubMed:30989880] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)

Susanne Sinz, Svenja Marquardt, Carla R Soliva, Ueli Braun, Annette Liesegang, Michael Kreuzer
Phenolic plant extracts are additive in their effects against in vitro ruminal methane and ammonia formation.
Asian-australas. J. Anim. Sci.: 2019, 32(7);966-976
[PubMed:30744370] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)

Yu Jin Kim, Hye-Sun Lim, Bu-Yeo Kim, Chang-Seob Seo, Soo-Jin Jeong
Quantitative Analysis and Biological Efficacies regarding the Neuroprotective and Antineuroinflammatory Actions of the Herbal Formula Jodeungsan in HT22 Hippocampal Cells and BV-2 Microglia.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med: 2017, 2017;6360836
[PubMed:29391873] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)

Hyunil Ha, Ki-Shuk Shim, Jin Yeul Ma
Integr Med Res: 2017, 6(4);434-442
[PubMed:29296571] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P p)



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