Stemona Tuberosa

Botanical Name:Stemona sessilifolia Miq.; Stemona japonica (Bl.) Miq.; Stemona tuberosa Lour.
Family: Stemonaceae
Genus: Stemona
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Pandanales
Species: S. tuberosa
Synonyms: Roxburghia gloriosoides Roxb., R. viridiflora Smith, R. stemona Steud.
Common names: Pai Pu [Hsu]; Bai Bu in Chinese [Geng et al], the name translates to “hundred parts” (so named because its roots are over one hundred in number) [Lu]. Wild Asparagus (English) [Lu]. Sessile Stemona Root, Japanese Stemona Root, Tuber Stemona Root.

Part used: Tuberous roots cropped all the year round, especially in autumn. After being well washed and docked at each end, the roots are steam-cooked, then dried in the sun or in ovens at 50-60°C.

Habitat :It is found in Asia (China, Taiwan, Yunnan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, North-East India, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam). Hi, warm, slightly shade, and more growth in the hillside forest, roadsides, stream. Appropriate soil deep, fertile, moist, sandy loam.

Description:
Stemona tuberosa is a species of flowering plant in the family Stemonaceae.Leaves many of the students, whorled, sometimes alternate, was ovate or broadly ovate lanceolate. A fleshy root, showing spindle. Flowers yellow-green, solitary or 2-3 flowers arranged in racemes, more axillary. Capsule obovate. May between the flowering, in July of fruit ripening.
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Landscape Uses:
Big 100 in the green space that can be implanted in the garden corner, it could be climbing on the fence for vertical greenery, but also for being implanted in the understory plants. Roots used as medicine.

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Cultivation:
Soil:   Mix
Water:   Medium
Sun:   Minimum-Medium
Reproduction:   Seeds/Dividing of the centre

Medicinal Uses:
Stemona tuberosa (Chinese: pinyin: bai bù) is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine.

To moisten the lungs and stop cough, to kill lice and parasites [Lu; Geng et al]. Also to bring down energy, and destroy worms [Lu].
Cough in common cold. Stemona root (Bai Bu) is used with Schizonepeta (Jing Jie), Platycodon root (Jie Geng) and Aster root (Zi Wan). Whooping cough. Stemona root (Bai Bu) is used with Glehnia root (Bei Sha Shen), Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuan Bei Mu) and Swallowwort rhizome (Bai Qian). Cough due to tuberculosis. Stemona root (Bai Bu) is used with Ophiopogon root (Mai Dong) and Fresh rehmannia root (Sheng Di Huang).
It is recommended for cough due to deficiency fatigue, pulmonary tuberculosis, chronic bronchitis, and whooping cough [Lu]. Also indicated for colds, phthisis

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Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stemona_tuberosa
http://www.bihrmann.com/Caudiciforms/subs/ste-tub-sub.asp
http://www.dweckdata.com/Published_papers/Stemona_tuberosa.pdf

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