Paris polyphylla Health effects and herbal facts

Paris polyphylla originates from the Himalayas on the border of China and India. It produces spider-like flowers that throw out long, thread-like, yellowish green petals throughout most of the warm summer months and into the autumn. In the fall, the flowers are followed by small, scarlet berries. It is a perennial, which slowly spreads, is fully hardy in Britain, and survives in leafy, moist soil in either complete or partial shade. This flowering plant usually grows up to 90 cm high and spreads out about 30 cm wide. Its leaves grow in a single whorl below a flower growing in two whorls. It is used as an ornamental plant for woodland gardens or for planting under deciduous trees.

Paris polyphylla

Medical use

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • China: China - Anhui, Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan, Zhejiang
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • ASIA-TROPICAL
    Native
    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India - Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh ; Nepal
    • Indo-China: Myanmar ; Thailand

Biological activities

Amebicide
Dioscin found in Rhizome
Antifatigue
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Antigliomic
Dioscin found in Rhizome
Antiinflammatory
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Antistress
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Antitumor
Dioscin found in Rhizome
Estrogenic
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Hemolytic
Dioscin found in Rhizome
Hepatoprotective
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Hypocholesterolemic
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Mastogenic
Diosgenin found in Rhizome
Myocardiodepressant
Alpha-paristyphnin found in Rhizome
Pesticide
Dioscin found in Rhizome
Piscicide
Dioscin found in Rhizome
Respiradepressant
Alpha-paristyphnin found in Rhizome
Vasoconstrictor
Alpha-paristyphnin found in Rhizome
Vasodilator
Alpha-paristyphnin found in Rhizome

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