Lycopus lucidus Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
shiny bugleweed

Lycopus lucidus is a species of plant in the Lamiaceae family. The dried rhizomes are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where they are known as Lycopi rhizoma and have a reputation for promoting blood circulation and energy, and preventing water retention. They are said to have a "warming" property, and have a mild bittersweet flavor.

Lycopus lucidus

Medical use

Economic importance of Lycopus lucidus

Medicines folklore

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • Siberia: Russian Federation - Eastern Siberia
    • Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Amur, Primorye
    • China: China - Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Jilin, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu; Taiwan

Biological activities

Anthelmintic
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AntiHIV
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Antibacterial
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Anticancer
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Anticarcinomic
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Antiedemic
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Antiinflammatory
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Antileukemic
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Antimalarial
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Antimelanomic
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Antinociceptive
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Antiplasmodial
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Antitumor
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Antiviral
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Apoptotic
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Cytotoxic
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Phospholipase-A2-Inhibitor
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Prostaglandin-Synthesis-Inhibitor
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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
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Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]