is a plant species in Anemarrhena asphodeloides family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae. It has also been placed in its own family, Anemarrhenaceae. [1 ]
The plant name in China is
zhi mu (知母, zhī mǔ) and its rhizome is used in traditional medicine. Used as an antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and antidepressant [2 ] in TCM. It may assist learning, [3 ] and may have anti-liver cancer properties. [4 ] [5 ] Mangiferin, a natural phenol from Anemarrhena asphodeloides or Mangifera indica, could significantly prevent progression of diabetic nephropathy and improve renal function. [6 ]
It is cited in Japanese
Kampo herb list and is an ingredient in the Dabuyin Wan, Qingfei Yihuo Wan and Biyan Pian pills.
The plant contains the steroidal sapogenin
sarsasapogenin and the xanthonoid mangiferin.
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References [ edit ]
^ Stevens, P.F. (2001 onwards), Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Agavoideae
^ Anemarrhena asphodeloides on www.holisticonline.com/herbal-Med
^ Antidepressant-like effects of sarsasapogenin from Anemarrhena asphodeloides BUNGE (Liliaceae). Ren LX. Luo YF. Li X. Zuo DY. Wu YL. Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin. 29(11):2304-6, 2006 Nov
^ Mangiferin ameliorates scopolamine-induced learning deficits in mice. Jung K. Lee B. Han SJ. Ryu JH. Kim DH. Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin. 32(2):242-6, 2009 Feb.
^ The apoptotic effect of sarsasapogenin from Anemarrhena asphodeloides on HepG2 human hepatoma cells. Bao W. Pan H. Lu M. Ni Y. Zhang R. Gong X. Cell Biology International. 31(9):887-92, 2007 Sep
^ Mangiferin prevents diabetic nephropathy progression in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Li X. Cui X. Sun X. Li X. Zhu Q. Li W. Phytotherapy Research. 24(6):893-9, 2010 Jun.
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