• What Is Common Cnidium Fruit Extract ?
  • What is common cnidium ?

    Medicinally common cnidium mainly refers to the ripe fruits of Cnidium monnieri (L.) Cuss., which is a member of the family Umbelliferae. And its other common names include Cnidii Monnieri Fructus, Cnidium Seed, Cnidium Fruit, Fructus Cnidii, She Chuang Dze (Literally meaning “snakes bed seeds”), She Chuang, Monnier’s snowparsley, Cnidium Monnier, Cnidium Monnieri Fructus, Selinum monnieri, and the like. In China it is primarily produced in provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Sichuan. All of them are uncultivated and usually harvested in summer and autumn harvest when the fruit is ripe. Next the impurities need to be removed and the fruits should be dried in the sun and used raw clinically.

    This is an annual herb, 30 to 80cm in height. Stems are erect, cylindrical, and with longitudinal edges and sparsely fine pubescence. Radical leaf is with a handle and a base that looks like a short and wide sheath; blade is ovate, 2-3 pinnatifid, and with linear-lanceolate lobes and acute apex; leaves on upper part of a stem resemble radical leaves but have shorter petioles. Compound umbel is acrogenous or lateral, with 10 to 25 inflorescence stems and 8 to 10 basal involucral bracts; small linear bracts are 8 to 10 in number; calyx teeth are obsolete; petals are white, obovate, and with concave apex and a narrow fold uvula; stamens are 5 and alternate with petals; filaments are slender; anthers are oval; ovary is inferior, and with 2 styles that have conical base. Cremocarp is oval, glabrous, and with winged edges. Bloom time is from April to July and the fruiting time is from June to August. Habitats include low hills, fields, roadsides, ditches, river wetlands, etc.

    The cnidium fruit contains 1.3% volatile oil, which is mainly composed of l-Pinene, l-Camphene, bornyl isovalerate, and isoborneol. In addition, it still contains Osthole, Cnidimine (Edultin), Isopimpinellin, bergapten, dihydrooroselol (Columbianetin), ColuInbianadin, o-Acetyl columbianetin, Cnidiadiu, etc.; cnidium monnier root contains Cnidimine, Isopimpinellin, Alloimperatorine, xanthotoxol, Imperatorine, etc.; cnidium monnieri seed mainly contains Bergapten, orosclol, and edultin.
     

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    Common cnidium extract benefits

    So, how does this herb work? To better illustrate its health benefits, comparing it with Di Fu Zi (Kochia Scoparia) is a good idea since these two Chinese herbs are known for their ability of relieving itching and medicinal uses of curing eczema, pruritus vulvae, and abnormal vaginal discharge. Actually cnidium fruit is good at dispelling cold, removing dampness, and killing parasites to relieve itching, which is ideal for itch and scabies caused by cold-dampness or deficiency-cold; kochia scoparia fruit is specialized at clearing heat and promoting diuresis to relieve itching that is due to damp-heat. Besides, the former one can still warm kidney and tonify Yang in order to treat impotence, uterus-cold induced infertility, and lumbago caused by dampness; the latter one also cures difficult urination and difficulty and pain in micturition due to heat stranguria.

    Where will be common cnidium extract osthole use to ?

    1. Increase sperm secretion, stimulate sexual desire and has aphrodisiac action

    2. Dry dampness and kills worms

    3. Expel cold and expel the wind

    4. Warm the kidney to strengthen yin

    5. Relieve asthma

    6. Antifungus, antivirus

    Common cnidium extract fuction:

    1. It can be spasmolysis, reduce blood pressure, anti-arrhythmia, and enhance immune function and the broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity.

    2. It can be used in warming kidney yang, dampness, expelling wind, insect and for impotence, cold uterus, infertility, alpine vaginal discharge, wet nose and back pain.

    3. It can treat external genital eczema and trichomoniasis vaginitis.

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