Aucklandia lappa

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Aucklandia lappa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Aucklandia
Species: A. lappa
Binomial name
Aucklandia lappa

Aucklandia lappa is a plant whose rhizome is commonly used in Traditional Chinese medicine. Compounds in the rhizome are thought to have anti-fungal, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. Dehydrocostuslactone and costunolide have been isolated from the rhizome.[1]


The root of the plant is called mu xiang in Chinese, and is used to treat problems of the stomach and Qi. Aucklandia Root This plant was used recently by Cheick ALZANDANI, Abdul-Majeed, Bin, Aziz from Yemen in order to get an herbal composition in the preparation of a medicament for the treatment of a subject infected with HIV. Source :


  1. ^ Maa, Xiao-Chi; Jian Zhengb and De-An Guo (3 April 2007). "Microbial transformation of dehydrocostuslactone and costunolide by Mucor polymorphosporus and Aspergillus candidus". Enzyme and Microbial Technology 40 (5): 1013–1019. doi:10.1016/j.enzmictec.2006.07.043. 
  2. ^ Meng, J; Y. C. Wang (September 2008). "First Report of Stalk Rot Caused by Phytophthora tentaculata on Aucklandia lappa in China". Plant Disease (The American Phytopathological Society) 92 (9): 1365. doi:10.1094/PDIS-92-9-1365B. Retrieved 31 May 2009.