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Useful Tropical Plants

Gynochthodes officinalis

(F.C.How) Razafim. & B.Bremer

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Morinda officinalis F.C.How

Common Name:

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General Information

Gynochthodes officinalis is a climbing plant with woody, twining stems that climb into the surrounding trees.
The plant is often used in traditional Chines medicine, being harvested from the wild and also, apparently, cultivated[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southeast China

Habitat

Sparse or dense forests and thickets on mountains, also cultivated; at elevations from 100 - 500 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitClimber
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

A decoction or an elixir of the roots is reported to exert a tonic effect The roots are useful in treating impotence, spermatorrhoea, delayed menstruation, hypertension and rheumatism[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
]
The roots can be collected all the year round, but especially in the autumn and winter. After the radicles have been stripped off, the roots are well washed, then exposed to the sun for some days before being flaltened and then dried in the sun or in ovens[
283
Title
Medicinal Plants in Vietnam
Publication
 
Author
Nguyen Van Dan & Doan Thi Nhu
Publisher
World Health Organisation
Year
1989
ISBN
92 9061 101 4
Description
An excellent book, giving information on over 200 plants, their medicinal compounds and applications.
].

Comounds in the root have been shown to enhance sexual and reproductive function; and may also ameliorate Alzheimer’s disease via the microbiota-gut-brain axis, thus providing benefits including improved memory and learning
abilities[
1769
Title
Therapeutic Anabolic and Anticatabolic Benefits of Natural Chinese Medicines for the Treatment of Osteoporosis
Publication
Front. Pharmacol. 10:1344. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2019.01344
Author
He J., Li X., Wang Z. et al
Website
http://10.3389/fphar.2019.01344
Publisher
 
Year
2019
ISBN
 
Description
 
]
Certain compounds, including polysaccharides, monotropein and bajijiasu, have shown potential in both preventing and treating osteoporosis[
1769
Title
Therapeutic Anabolic and Anticatabolic Benefits of Natural Chinese Medicines for the Treatment of Osteoporosis
Publication
Front. Pharmacol. 10:1344. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2019.01344
Author
He J., Li X., Wang Z. et al
Website
http://10.3389/fphar.2019.01344
Publisher
 
Year
2019
ISBN
 
Description
 
]

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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