Anemarrhena asphodeloides Health effects and herbal facts
Anemarrhena asphodeloides is a plant species in family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae, native to China, Korea, and Mongolia. It is the only species in the genus, and some authors have placed it in its own family, Anemarrhenaceae. The plant name in China is zhi mu and its rhizome is used in traditional medicine. Used as an antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and antidepressant in TCM. It may assist learning, and may have anti-liver cancer properties. Mangiferin, a natural phenol from Anemarrhena asphodeloides or Mangifera indica, could significantly prevent progression of diabetic nephropathy and improve renal function. It is cited in Japanese Kampo herb list and is an ingredient in the Dabuyin Wan, Qingfei Yihuo Wan and Biyan Pian pills. The plant contains the steroidal sapogenin sarsasapogenin and the xanthonoid mangiferin.
- Mongolia: Mongolia
- China: China - Gansu, Guizhou, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jiangsu, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Monggol, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan
- Eastern Asia: Korea
- China: China
- Eastern Asia: Japan; Korea; Taiwan