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Acanthopanax gracilistylus  W. W. Sm.


Botanical Name


Acanthopanax gracilistylus W. W. Sm.

English Name


Slenderstyle acanthopanax, South slenderstyle acanthopanax



Eleutherococcus gracilistylus (W. W. Sm.) S. Y. Hu, Acanthopanax gracilistylus W. W. Smith var. major Hoo., Acanthopanax koreanum Nakai, Acanthopanax spinosum (Miq.) Nakai





General Info


A decidious woody shrub growing to 2-5m. Stems upright to slightly arching. Leaves small, fresh green, trilobed to palmately divided. Flowers are hermaphrodite. Berry bluish black and decorative, occurring in several axillary as well as terminal round clusters.

Herb Effects

Tonic (leafy shoots); antibacterial, antirheumatic and diuretic (root); aphrodisiac, nutritive and tonic (plant)


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Active Ingredients

Linoleic acid, palmitic acid (plant)

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Linoleic acid 8024-22-4 Octadeca-9,12-dienoi
c acid
C18H32O2 Click Here To Enlarge
Palmitic acid 66321-94-6 Hexadecanoic acid C16H32O2 Click Here To Enlarge


Medicinal Use

The leafy shoots are used to alleviate internal injuries by dispelling blood. The root of the herb, known as Cortex Acanthopanacis is used in the treatment of arthritis, backache, for rheumatic or rheumatoid arthritis due to deficiency of the liver and kidney with aching and weakness of the loins and knees, edema as well as muscular contracture. For edema, the root is used with Sclerotium Poriae Cocos (Fu Ling) and Pericarpium Arecae (Da Fu Pi). The decoction of the stem bark or the roots are used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, aches and pains in the back and legs, open sores on the scrotum, beriberi and traumatic injuries.


Jing-Nuan Wu. An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica. P: 34, Oxford University Press, Inc.2005.



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