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Stephania tetrandra is a Chinese medicinal herb also known as han-fang-chi or fen-fang-qi. In the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, the herb is recommended for treating general symptoms such as inflammation, fever, and pain; however, it also has been used extensively to manage water retention and edema, eliminate stagnant bronchial mucous, and detoxify. For the past 50 years, however, stephania has been used in China principally as an agent to control blood pressure. Although its use in humans has been limited to China, stephania has been studied in animal models in laboratories throughout the world, and many of its pharmacological properties are relatively well described.

Stephania contains various chemical compounds, including glycosides and volatile oils. In Japan, stephania is used as a pain reliever, and to treat inflammation and stiffness of the shoulders and back. In China, stephania is used mainly to treat Bellís palsy, abdominal pain and asthma, and as a diuretic.

Dosage and administration: 5-10g, decocted in water and taken orally.
 

 
 

Stephania tetrandra can help with the following:
 
 
Circulation  Hypertension

Inflammation

  Chronic Inflammation
 Oral doses of 400-600mg per day have been used to suppress elevated interleukin-6 (IL-6), a proinflammatory cytokine.

Metabolic

  Edema (Water Retention)

Risks

  Increased Risk of Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
 With respect to heart disease, stephania is known to be an effective cardioprotective agent with calcium-channel-blocking activity. Although binding and functional similarities exist, stephania differs structurally from other well-known calcium-channel blockers such as nifedipine (Procardia), amlodipine (Norvasc), and verapamil (Calan). Because of these structural differences, stephania is thought to be a potentially new class of calcium-channel blocker that also has more diverse activity than the widely prescribed calcium-channel blockers currently available.
 
 


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