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Saikosaponins and Coronaviruses

Saikosaponins (From Potential Antiviral Agents for Coronaviruses: Compounds, Herbal Products, and Drug Targets) Saikosaponins are oleanane derivatives including glucosides (Cheng et al., 2006). Saikosaponins are extracted from plants such as Bupleurum spp., Heteromorpha spp. and Scrophularia scorodonia. Saikosaponins have anti-inflammatory … Continue reading

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Antiviral Compounds and Human Coronavirus OC43

Antiviral Compounds and Human Coronavirus OC43 (From Potential Antiviral Agents for Coronaviruses: Compounds, Herbal Products, and Drug Targets) Stephania tetrandra and Menispermaceae contain the bis-benzylisoquinoline alkaloids tetrandrine (TET) (Kim et al., 2019). They also have fangchinoline (FAN) and cepharanthine (CEP). … Continue reading

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Herbal Extracts May Inhibit Coronavirus Replication

Herbal Extracts May Inhibit Coronavirus Replication (From Potential Antiviral Agents for Coronaviruses: Compounds, Herbal Products, and Drug Targets) Medicinal herbal extracts have been screened for their antiviral effects on coronavirus replication (Kim et al., 2008; Kim et al., 2010). The … Continue reading

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Antiviral Flavonoids from Houttuynia Cordata

Antiviral Flavonoids from Houttuynia Cordata (From Potential Antiviral Agents for Coronaviruses: Compounds, Herbal Products, and Drug Targets) The ethyl acetate (EA) fraction of Houttuynia cordata (H. cordata) Thunb. (Saururaceae) may have antiviral effects. It may be used against coronaviruses and … Continue reading

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Sabadinine, Houttuynia Cordata, and Coronaviruses

Sabadinine and Houttuynia Cordata (From Potential Antiviral Agents for Coronaviruses: Compounds, Herbal Products, and Drug Targets) The replication of CoVs relies on proteolytic processing (Toney et al., 2004). The major proteinase, 3C-like protease (3CLpro), may become a target for anti-SARS … Continue reading

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Glycyrrhizin, Cinnamomi Cortex, and Toona Sinensis Roem

Glycyrrhizin, Cinnamomi Cortex, and Toona Sinensis Roem (From Potential Antiviral Agents for Coronaviruses: Compounds, Herbal Products, and Drug Targets) Glycyrrhizin (GL) may suppress SARS-CoV replication (Hoever et al., 2005). The insertion of 2-acetamido-beta-d-glucopyranosylamine into the GL glycoside chain increased the … Continue reading

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Ephedra for Infectious Diseases, Asthma, and Edema

[Name] Ephedra, Herba Ephedrae, Ephedra sinica Stapf [Chinese Name] Ma Huang [Parts Used and Preparation] Stem. [Flavors in Chinese Medicine] Pungent, bitter, warm [Chinese Medicine Meridians/Channels] Lung and Bladder [Actions in Chinese Medicine] The herb may remove the pathogenic factors … Continue reading

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Preparation of Herbs

Crude herbs need to be prepared with certain procedures before they can be used.  Because herbs are natural products, they need to be cleaned and processed to be stored for a long term.  Some special processing methods are used to … Continue reading

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How to Use Herbs in Different Forms

Herbal compress: Applying a cloth that has been soaked in herbal solutions directly on the affected body area. Herbal decoctions: Using the bark, root, seed, or berry of a plant to make a tea through simmering for about 20-30 minutes.  … Continue reading

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