Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3818

Overview of commonly used Chinese herbs

Pornanong Aramwit1* and Suntchai Wirotsaengthong2    
1Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. 2Department of Medicine, Taksin Hospital, Khlong San, Bangkok, Thailand.    
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 09 May 2011
  •  Published: 25 April 2013


There are several Chinese herbs used as food supplement or as an alternative medicine.Fructus lyciiPanax ginsengCervi cornu pantotrichumHerba epimedii and Angelica sinensis are among the most commonly prescribed. All of them have been claimed for various indications which are mainly due to their variety of active ingredients or chemical compositions. Even though Chinese herbs have been used and claimed for their efficacy for decades, some toxicity has been found, thus the need to be cautious. In this review, we describe the most common indications of F. lyciiP. ginsengC. cornu pantotrichumH. epimedii and A. sinensis and also report their toxicity, if any have been found.


Key words: Chinese herbs, Fructus lyciiPanax ginsengCervi cornu pantotrichumHerba epimediiAngelica sinensis.