Dendrobium nobile Health effects and herbal facts

The Noble Dendrobium, Dendrobium nobile, is a member of the family Orchidaceae. It has become a popular cultivated decorative house plant, because it produces colourful blooms in winter and spring, at a time when little else is in flower. It is also one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, know as shí hú or shí hú lán. Dendrobium nobile is one of the most widespread ornamental members of orchid family. Its blooms are variegated in colour, shading from white through pink and purple, and the many different cultivated varieties produce different sized and coloured blooms. Dendrobium nobile is an epiphytic or lithophytic plant native to southern China, the Himalayas, and Indochina. The species is also reportedly naturalized in Hawaii. Dendrobium nobile occurs in lowland and mountain forests, often on mossy limestone rocks. It has strap-shaped, persistent leaves, and blooms mostly in winter and spring. It produces short, 2 to 4 flowered racemes, fragrant, waxy, and highly variable in color, arising from the upper nodes of leafed and leafless canes.

Dendrobium nobile

Medical use

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • China: China - Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hubei , Sichuan , Xizang , Yunnan; Hong Kong
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India ; Nepal
    • Indo-China: Laos; Myanmar; Thailand ; Vietnam

Biological activities

ACE-Inhibitor
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Analgesic
Dendrobine found in Stem
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Androgenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Angiogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Angiotensin-Receptor-Blocker
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Anorexic
Arsenic found in Plant
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
AntiBPH
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
AntiCFS
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
AntiHIV
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
AntiLyme
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
AntiMS
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
AntiPMS
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Antiacne
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiacrodermatitic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiadenomic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antiaggregant
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antiakathisic
Iron found in Stem (90 ppm)
Antialcoholic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiallergic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Antialopecic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antialzheimeran
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiandrogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antianemic
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Iron found in Stem (90 ppm)
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Antianginal
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antiangiogenic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antianorectic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antianorexic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antianxiety
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antiarrhythmic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Antiarthritic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiasthmatic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antiatherosclerotic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antibacterial
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Anticanker
Iron found in Stem (90 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Anticataract
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Anticephalagic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Anticheilitic
Iron found in Stem (90 ppm)
Anticlimacteric
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Anticoeliac
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Anticold
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Anticolitic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Anticonvulsant
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Anticoronary
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antidandruff
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antidementia
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antidepressant
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Antidiabetic
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antidiscotic
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Antidysgeuzic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antidyskinetic
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Antidysmenorrheic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antieczemic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiedemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antiencephalopathic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiendometriotic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antienterotic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antiepileptic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiestrogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antifatigue
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Antifeedant
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antifertility
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antifibromyalgic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antifibrotic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antifuruncular
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antigastrotic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antiglaucomic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antigonadotrophic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antihangover
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antihyperkinetic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antihyperlipoproteinaemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antihypertensive
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Antihypoglycemic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antiimpotence
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiinfective
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiinfertility
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antiinsomniac
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antilepric
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antileukemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antileukonychic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antilithic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antilymphomic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antimaculitic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antimastalgic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antimenopausal
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antimenorrhagic
Iron found in Stem (90 ppm)
Antimetastatic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antimigraine
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antimitral-valve-prolapse
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antimutagenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antinephrolytic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antineuropathic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antineurotic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antinociceptive
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Antinyctalopic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiobesity
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiophidic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antiosteoporotic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiototic
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Antioxidant
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Antiperiodontitic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiplaque
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiprogestational
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antiprolactin
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiprostaglandin
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antiprostatadenomic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antiprostatitic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antipyretic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Antiretinopathic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antirheumatic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiseptic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antispare-Tire
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antispasmodic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Antispasmophilic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antistomatitic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antistress
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Antistroke
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Antisyndrome-X
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antitic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Antitinnitic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antitriglyceride
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antitumor
Antiulcer
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Antiviral
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Anxiolytic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Apoptotic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Artemicide
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Astringent
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Beta-Blocker
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
CNS-Depressant
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Calcium-Antagonist
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Calcium-Channel-Blocker
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Candidicide
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Cardioprotective
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Cardiotoxic
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Caspase-8-Inducer
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Collagenic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Contraceptive
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Convulsant
Dendrobine found in Stem
Copper-Antagonist
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Deodorant
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Diuretic
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Ergogenic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Estrogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Febrifuge
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Gonadotrophic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Hepatoprotective
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Hyperglycemic
Dendrobine found in Stem
Hypertensive
Sodium found in Stem (156 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Hypoglycemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Manganese found in Stem (53 ppm)
Hypolipidemic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Hypotensive
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Dendrobine found in Stem
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Hypothermic
Dendrobine found in Stem
Immunomodulator
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Immunostimulant
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Immunosuppressant
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Insulinogenic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Laxative
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Leptingenic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Litholytic
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Mucogenic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Myorelaxant
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
NF-kB-Inhibitor
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Nephrotoxic
Mercury found in Stem (0.05 ppm)
Neurotransmitter
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Pesticide
Arsenic found in Plant
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Prooxidant
Iron found in Stem (90 ppm)
Schizophrenigenic
Copper found in Stem (9 ppm)
Sialogogue
Dendrobine found in Stem
Spermicide
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Spermigenic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Testosteronigenic
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Tranquilizer
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Trichomonicide
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)
Ubiquiot
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Ulcerogenic
Beta-sitosterol found in Plant
Uterorelaxant
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Vasodilator
Calcium found in Stem (6530 ppm)
Magnesium found in Stem (520 ppm)
Potassium found in Stem (7200 ppm)
Vulnerary
Zinc found in Stem (26 ppm)

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Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]