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Blumea balsamifera  DC.

   

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Botanical Name

:

Blumea balsamifera DC.

English Name

:

Ngai Camphor

Synonym(s)

:

Blumea densiflora Hook.

Family

:

Asteraceae

 

General Info

Description

An evergreen, robust, tomentose, perennial shrub or undershrub or sometimes herb, up to 4 m in height. Leaves very variable, usually narrowly oblong-lanceolate, sometimes oblong-ovate to oblong-obovate, 6.0-30.0 cm x 1.5-12.0 cm, with yellowish white hairs; capitula axillary or terminal; bisexual florets tubular, yellow, 4-7 mm long; female filiform, up to 6 mm long; achenes brown, pubescent, oblong, ribbed, with whitish or more often reddish yellow pappus.

Herb Effects

Lowers blood pressure (essential leaf oil) and antibacterial (against Escherichia coli)(alcohol extract of plant).

Links

Blumea balsamifera
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Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Dimethylether, methylether, dihydroquercetin and tetrahydroxyflavone (leaf).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Dihydroquercetin 5117-01-1 2-(3,4-dihydroxyphen
yl)-3,5,7-trihydroxy
-chroman-4-one
C15H12O7 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

Diarrhea, cholera and body swellings due to beri-beri and rheumatism (leaf); angina, chest troubles, headache, dropsy and hypertension and as a tranquilizer (leaf extract).

Reference

Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.


Xu SB. Chen WF. Liang HQ. Lin YC. Deng YJ. Long KH. [Protective action of blumeatin against experimental liver injuries]. Chung Kuo Yao Li Hsueh Pao 1993 Jul;14(4):376-8.

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