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Osbeckia chinensis  L.

   

Botanical Name

:

Osbeckia chinensis L.

English Name

:

Chinese osbeckia

Synonym(s)

:

Osbeckia japonica [Naud.], Osbeckia angustifolia D. Don., Osbeckia chinensis var. angustifolia [D. Don.] C. Y. Wu & C. Chen, Osbeckia parva Geddes, Osbeckia watanae Craib

Family

:

Melastomataceae

 

General Info

Description

A perennial herb that grows to a height of 70cm. Stems are minutely hairy, squared, and reddish, and the internodes are 20cm. Leaves are opposite up to 3.5cm long, simple, and exstipulate. Blade is narrowly oblong or lanceolate, 1.6cm × 4cm – 3.1cm × 2cm, and hairy with a midrib which is sunken with several prominent nerves running the length of the blade. Flowers are 4-merous, arranged in terminal heads.Corolla is 1.2–1.7cm long and purple. Androecium consists of eight yellow stamens; corolla is ephemeral and drops on collection. Fruits are campanulate or urceolate capsules, which are 3–5mm long.

Herb Effects

Antioxidant, antitussive, expectorant and febrifuge[ (plant)

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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Tannin, casuarinin, casuariin, 2-furoic acid, succinic acid, ursolic acid, quercetin and daucosterol (plant)

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Tannin 1401-55-4 Not Available C27H22O18 Click Here To Enlarge
Casuarinin 79786-01-9 Not Available C41H28O26
Casuariin Not Available Not Available C34H24O22
Succinic acid 6283-68-7 butanedioic acid C4H6O4 Click Here To Enlarge
Ursolic acid 77-52-1 10-hydroxy-1,2,6a,6b
,9,9,12a-heptamethyl
-2,3,4,5,6,6a,7,8,8a
,10,11,12,
C30H48O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Quercetin Not Available 2-(3,4-dihydroxyphen
yl)-3,4,5-trihydroxy
-chromen-7-one
C15H10O7 Click Here To Enlarge
Daucosterol 474-58-8 2-[[17-(4-ethyl-1,5-
dimethyl-hexyl)-10,1
3-dimethyl-2,3,4,7,8
,9,10,11,1 2,13,14,
15,16,17-tetradecahy
dro-1H-cyclopenta[a]
phenanthren-3-yl]oxy
]- 6-(hydroxymethyl
)tetrahydropyran-3,4
,5-triol
C35H60O6 Click Here To Enlarge
2-Furoic acid Not Available furan-2-carboxylic
acid
C5H4O3

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

Used as a drink to treat diarrhea and dysentery (decoction of the aerial part); to alleviate cough and to remove blood from saliva (juice of the roots); for toothache (plant)

Reference

Christophe Wiart. Medicinal Plants of Asia and the Pacific, P:143-144, CRC Press, June 2006.

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