1. Sources and Habitat
Cnidium monnieri is a leafy annual with flowers that grow in clusters. The seeds, which are also referred as she chuang zi or she chuang dze, are somewhat yellow in color and have a sweet smell. Cnidium is native to China, where it may be found growing on field edges, in ditches and waste places in most of the country. It also grows in Korea, Mongolia and Russia. Cnidium has been introduced to the United States (Oregon) and Europe.
2. Descriptions and Specifications of Product
Content Specifications: 10.0%-30.0% Osthole Test by HPLC
Molecular Formula: C15H16O3
Molecular Mass: 244.29
CAS No.: 484-12-8
Constitutional Formula:3. Indications and Uses
Cnidium seeds are most commonly used to treat itchy skin, rashes, acne, eczema and ringworm, typically in the genital area. Cnidium seeds can also be taken internally to treat vaginal discharges and to increase sexual potency. Cnidium is often combined with other herbs to help treat infertility and impotence.
The Chinese still use the seeds as an aphrodisiac, and animal studies indicate it may improve bone strength.
4. Safety Concerns
The American Herbal Products Association gives Cnidium a class I rating, which means that it is safe when taken in the recommended doses; however, it should not be used if using peony root, croton seed or fritillaria.
5. Dosage Information
Cnidium comes in various forms, and is an ingredient in many products. In taking the seeds, the dosage will depend on the condition being treated; however, a standard dose is between 6 and 15 grams of Cnidium taken internally. For best results, read and follow product label directions.
To treat skin conditions, the herb is usually applied to the skin in the form of a solution or ointment. Vaginitis and vaginal discharge are treated with a douche prepared from the seeds.
The Information had not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, only for reference.