Amenarrhena asphodeloides, Amenarrhena, Zhi Mu
Anemarrhena Asphodeloides, also known as Zhi Mu in Chinese Medicine, is a small, ornamental plant native to northern China. Anemarrhena has been used as a staple of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries; its first recorded use dates back to 200 BC. Internally, it is used for a variety of disorders, including congestive fever, high fever, chronic bronchitis, excessive sweating, dry throat, cough, dizziness, lumbago and pneumonia. Externally, it is used as part of a mouthwash to treat oral ulcers. Extracts of the plant contain compounds called saponins Ñ one of which, asphonin, can be used to effectively treat lower back pain. In traditional Chinese medicine, anemarrhena purges heat, nurtures yin and relaxes tension.
Anemarrhena Asphodeloides was shown to have anti-cancer [4, 5], anti-diabetic [6-9], anti-fungal [10, 11] and platelet aggregration inhibition [12, 13] properties.
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