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The genus Desmodium (Fabaceae)-traditional uses in Chinese medicine, phytochemistry and pharmacology.

Summary of "The genus Desmodium (Fabaceae)-traditional uses in Chinese medicine, phytochemistry and pharmacology."

Plants of the genus Desmodium (Fabaceae), such as Desmodium styracifolium (Osbeck) Merr. and Desmodium gyrans (L. f.) DC., have a long history of medical use in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat various ailments including rheumatism, pyrexia, dysentery, wounds, cough, malaria, hepatitis, hemoptysis, etc. In the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, most species have the effect of relieving internal heat or fever, neutralizing toxins, inhibiting pain, invigorating blood circulation, suppressing cough and alleviating dyspnea.

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Department of Pharmacognosy, School of Pharmacy, Second Military Medical University, 325 Guohe Road, Shanghai, 200433, China; Department of Pharmaceutical Analysis, School of Pharmacy, NingXia Medical University, 1160 Shenli Street, Yinchuan, 750004, Chin

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Name: Journal of ethnopharmacology
ISSN: 1872-7573
Pages: 314-32

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