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(Cyclea barbata)
[yín bù huàn]
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CONTAINS: 1-curine which was isolated from the root by Chinese scientists searching for a local source for a muscle relaxant. From this finding, dimethyl 1-curine dimethiodide was later prepared and found to be more potent than other non-depolarizing muscle relaxants. Clinical trials were conducted on more than 1,000 patients which confirmed it to be more potent than d-tubocurarine. 1-curine and isolated isochondrodendrine have both exhibited antitumor activity in relation to KB tumor systems. Also contains homoaromoline, isotarandrine, and tetrandine.

In Chinese medicine the root has been used for abdominal and stomach pain.
In Indochina, small pieces of the root have been used in decoction form for fever and dyspepsia. The leaves have been crushed in water and left to stand. A jelly forms which has been used for dyspepsia and bowel problems.

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