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Plant Part Used

Roots, Stems (1)

Active Constituents

Alkaloid, Berberine, Fibleucin, Delta(8,9)-decarboxyfibleucin, 6-hydroxyfibraurin, Fibraurin. (2) ,, (3) , (4)

Introduction

The plant is a woody climber of the family Menispermaceae. It was used as a yellow dye in Malaysia and Brunei. The roots are used medicinally.

Standardization

No standard marker has been reported. Other standard profiles were documented in the Malaysian Herbal Monograph. (5)

Pharmacology

This herb is boiled with other preparations and the decoction is given to mothers after childbirth. It is also used for eye sores, dysentery, and diabetes. Inhalation of smoke from the woody stem is used by the Malays to treat ulcerated noses. (6) This plant has also been reported in treatment of cheat pain in Sabah. (7)

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References

  1. Burkill IH. A Dictionary of the Economic Products of the Malay Peninsula. Volume I (A-H). 1935.
  2. Burkill IH. A Dictionary of the Economic Products of the Malay Peninsula. Volume I (A-H). 1935.
  3. Bakhari NA, Wah ST, Chinnakali K, Fun HK, Razak IA. Delta(8,9)-decarboxyfibleucin from Fibraurea chloroleuca Miers. Acta Cryst. 1999;C55:228-230.
  4. Hori T, Kiang AK, Nakanishi K, Sasaki S, Woods MC. The structure of fibraurin and a minor product from Fibraurea chloroleuca. Tetrahedron. 1967;23(6):2649-2656.
  5. Zhari I, Norhayati I, Jaafar L. Malaysian herbal monograph. Malaysian Monograph Committee. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 1999;1.
  6. Burkill IH. A Dictionary of the Economic Products of the Malay Peninsula. Volume I (A-H). 1935.
  7. Andersen J, Nilsson C, de Richelieu T, et al. Local use of foreat products in Kuyongon, Sabah, Malaysia; ASEAN Review of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation (ARBEC). Jan2003.

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