本品为茜草科耳草属植物白花蛇舌草Hedyotis diffusa Willd.[Oldenlandia diffusa （Willd.） Roxb.]的全草。
Spreading Hedyotis Herb/Bai Hua She She Cao (8oz/bag)
This product is the whole plant of Hedyotis diffusa Willd. [Oldenlandia diffusa (Willd.) Roxb.] a plant belonging to the genus of Rubiaceae. It is a medicinal herb prevalent in East Asia and Southern China used as a tea with skullcap herb or poured over tea. It is strongly detoxifying and has been used to clear complexion blemishes.
The taste is bitter sweet, and its effects are strongly anti-inflammatory. The decoction has traditionally been used to treat “lung heat,” (inflammation) asthma and cough, tonsillitis also pharyngitis, appendicitis, dysentery, urinary tract infections, jaundice, hepatitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, adnexitis, carbuncle boils, snake bites, and tumors. It can also be used for digestive tract cancer and cancers of liver, lung, stomach and rectum.
According to a 2004 study published at PubMed: “Anticancer activities of Oldenlandia diffusa,” the water extract of the raw herb Oldenlandia diffusa was used to study the in vitro anti-proliferative activities of the extract tested against eight cancer cell lines and one normal cell line. The results: “The extract exhibited a strong antiproliferative activity against all cancer cell lines tested.”
Oldenlandia diffusa extract effectively inhibited the growth of all the eight cancer cell lines and induced significant increase of apoptosis. The extract exhibited minimum toxic effect on normal pancreatic cells. Furthermore, there was a significant inhibition of lung metastases in the animal model with no noticeable adverse effects. The herb extract could be a potential anticancer agent.