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Semen Cuscutae

【Chinese medicine name】tusizi 【English name】Cuscutae Semen 【Source】 Mature seeds of Cuscuta chinensis Lam. of the family Convolvulaceae. [Phytomorph] An annual parasitic herb. The stems are finely silky, orange-yellow, many-branched, and entangled in other plant bodies, where they inhale into...

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【Chinese medicine name】tusizi

【English name】Cuscutae Semen

【Source】 Mature seeds of Cuscuta chinensis Lam. of the family Convolvulaceae.

[Phytomorph] An annual parasitic herb. The stems are finely silky, orange-yellow, many-branched, and entangled in other plant bodies, where they inhale into the body. The leaves degenerate into triangular-shaped small scales. Flowers white, clustered; sepals ovoid; calyx cupular, apex 5-lobed, lobes ovate or elliptic; corolla campanulate, 5-lobed, lobes triangular; stamens 5, filaments short, alternate with corolla lobes. Pistils l, ovary superior, 2 rooms, each chamber with 2 ovules, styles 2, stigma capitate. Capsule flat spherical, about 3 mm long, brown. Flowering from July to September and fruiting from August to October.

[Origin distribution] was born on the hillside roadside, in the Tanabe, in the wasteland, and in the bushes. It is mostly parasitic on leguminous plants, Asteraceae, and Polygonaceae plants, especially on soybeans. Most parts of the country are distributed. Medicinal materials Cuscuta mainly produced in Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Inner Mongolia, Shandong, Hebei, Shanxi and other places.

Harvesting processing In mid-October, Cuscuta husks turn yellow, and when 1/3 of the soybeans have dried up, the host is cut, dried, threshed, and lifted. Net dodder and soybeans are stored separately. Processed: Remove impurities, wash, and dry. Wine loquat cake: Take the net chopsticks and set the pot, add appropriate amount of boiled water until it cracks, keep turning and wait till the water is sucked away. When it is thick and porridge-like, add rice wine and white flour to mix well, remove, press into large pieces, cut into cubes, and dry (100 kilograms per kilogram, 15 kilograms of rice wine, 15 kilograms of flour).

【Herb character】Spherical or ovoid, slightly flattened, with a diameter of 1 to 1.5 mm, slightly protruding at one end, biased to one side, lightly colored dots at the dimples, and a strip-shaped umbilicus at the center. The surface is light brown or grayish yellow and slightly rough. Hard quality. After soaking in boiling water, the surface is sticky, and it is boiled until the seed coat ruptures, revealing a yellow-white, slender, spirally-shaped embryo, shaped like a spit. Odorless, slightly bitter taste.

Pharmacological studies have stimulatory effects on the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonads; promote hematopoiesis; enhance immune function; prevent and treat myocardial ischemia, inhibit tumorigenesis, and resist liver damage. Cuscuta infusions and tinctures can enhance cardiac contractility of isolated hemorrhoids, reduce heart rate, and reduce blood pressure in anesthetized dogs.

[chemical composition]Semen Cuscutae contains quercetin, astragalin, hyperoside, quercetin-β-OD galactose-7-O-β-glucoside, kaempferol-3-0-β-D- Glucoside, kaempferol, new sescuyside, dodder polysaccharide and other ingredients. Also contains docus amine, cusine glycoside A, cusine glycoside B, arbutin glycosides, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid. It also contains trace elements such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, iron, copper, manganese, selenium, and molybdenum, and essential amino acids such as valine, methionine, and isoleucine.


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