Achyranthes

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Achyranthes
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Subfamily: Amaranthoideae
Genus: Achyranthes
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Species

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Achyranthes is a genus of medicinal and ornamental plants in the Amaranthaceae family.

Species include:

The herb is used in Traditional Chinese medicine practice. Achyranthes (Cyathula) has properties that inhibits collagen-induced arthritis and acute edema. Most significantly, two novel triterpene glycosides isolated from achyranthes have been shown to be 1,000 times more potent than Sialyl Lewis X (SleX), an important blood group antigen that inhibits excess recruitment of neutrophils to injured tissues. This property has made it useful for treating arthritis; when too many white blood cells are recruited to an injured joint the neutrophils attack and destroy healthy tissues, leading to conditions such as septic shock and rheumatoid arthritis.[1]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Jim English (2010). "Traditional Chinese Herbs for Arthritis". Nutrition Review (in English) 5 (2). Retrieved 2011-12-29.