Pharmacological Actions Of Ge Gen Related To Its Use In Traditional Chinese Medicine

As an exterior-relieving herb, the main function of Ge Gen is to allay fever and headache. Early research found that a 20 per cent water decoction or 20 per cent alcoholic extract of Ge Gen is able to lower the body temperature in rabbits with artificially induced fever. The alcoholic extract is more potent than the water decoction (Sun, 1956). The crude extract of the root of P. lobata, P. omeiensis and P. thomsonii and the main isoflavone constituent puerarin exhibited different degrees of...

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Kudzu In Commercial Agriculture

P. lobata is a nitrogen-fixing-legume, which means that it adds nitrogen to the soil and provides its own nitrogen fertilizer for its successful cultivation (Lynd and Ansman, 1990). For this reason, it may be successfully rotated with other commercial crops, including cotton which rapidly depletes the soil of nitrogen. However, unlike cotton, an annual plant that must be newly seeded each growing season, P. lobata is a perennial, deciduous dicotyledon. P. lobata is flood and drought resistant,...

Ge Gen As A Dietary Supplement

In addition to their medical applications, Ge Gen is also a nutritional plant component used as food and dietary supplements. As a dietary supplement, Ge Gen is often ground with water to a powder known as Ge Fen (Kudzu starch, see Chapter 17) (Wang, 1992). Ge Gen Cha (Kudzu tea) Tea made from 30 g of Ge Gen can be used daily to improve hypertension and chronic headache. It can also be ground to powders together with Huai Hua (Flos sophorae) to make Ge Gen Huai Hua tea which is beneficial to...

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Fine Chemicals From Kudzu

Among the members of the Genus Pueraria, it is Pueraria lobata that contains the largest amount of tannins and other fine chemicals. Pueraria lobata produces very large amounts of simple phenolics (tannins) and highly complex, condensed polyphenolics, having a very high molecular weight. Not all leguminous plants produce tannins. However, legumes that are highly evolved, perennial, deciduous, dicotyledons often contain large quantities of these types of chemicals relative to their biomass. This...

Effects Of Crude Rp Extract And Its Isoflavones On Hypertension

Heart Rates Mammals

Radix pueraria was shown to lower blood pressure in both normal and hypertensive laboratory animals. In normal anesthetized dog, intravenous administration of crude extract of RP, its total isoflavones or a pure preparation of puerarin elicited a short and quick reduction in blood pressure. In normal unanesthetized dogs, orally administered a crude water extract (2g kg), an alcohol extract (2g kg), a total isoflavone fraction or a puerarin preparation produced similar effect on blood pressure...

Properties And Indications Of Ge Gen In Traditional Chinese Medicine

In traditional Chinese medicine, properties of herbs are described in terms of temperature and taste characteristics. There are five temperature properties (warm, cold, hot, cool and neutral) and five basic tastes (sour, sweet, bitter, pungent and salty). These properties do not necessarily refer to the literal meanings of these designations but reflect their functions and therapeutic indications. Hot diseases must be cooled, cold diseases must be warmed. Thus, an herb able to cure heat or warm...

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