Product Name: Aristolochia Extract
Botanical Name: Aristolochia kwangsiensis Chun et How ex C. F . Liang
Part Used: Fruit
Molecular Formula: C17H11NO7
Molecular Weight: 341.27
Appearance: Brown Fine Powder
Brand Name: Changsha Nutramax Inc.
Model Number: Nutramax-AE
What is Aristolochia Extract produced in Changsha NutraMax Inc.?
Aristolochia is a genus of evergreen and deciduous woody vines and herbaceous perennials. The smooth stem is erect or somewhat twining. The simple leaves are alternate and cordate, membranous, growing on leaf stalks. There are no stipules.
The flowers grow in the leaf axils. They are inflated and globose at the base, continuing as a long perianth tube, ending in a tongue-shaped, brightly colored lobe. There is no corolla. The calyx is one to three whorled, and three to six toothed. The sepals are united (gamosepalous). There are six to 40 stamens in one whorl. They are united with the style, forming a gynostemium. The ovary is inferior and is four to six locular.
These flowers have a specialized pollination mechanism. The plants are aromatic and their strong scent attracts insects. The inner part of the perianth tube is covered with hairs, acting as a fly-trap. These hairs then wither to release the fly, covered with pollen.
The fruit is dehiscent capsule with many endospermic seeds.
Where will NutraMax’s Aristolochia Extract be used to?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Aristolochia is used for certain forms of acute arthritis and edema. However, in TCM, Aristolochia is not used for weight loss, although Name confusion has led some to believe it could be used for this purpose, with possibly tragic consequences.In 1993, a series of end-stage renal disease cases had been reported from Belgium associated with a weight loss treatment, where Stephania tetrandra in a herbal preparation was suspected of being substituted with Aristolochia fangchi. More than 105 patients were identified with nephropathy following the ingestion of this preparation from the same clinic from 1990-1992. Many required renal transplantation or dialysis.
Aristolochia has been shown to be both a potent carcinogen and kidney toxin. Herbal compounds containing Aristolochia are classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Despite the toxic properties of aristolochic acid, naturopaths claim that a decoction of birthwort stimulates the production and increases the activity of leukocytes (white blood cells), or that pipevines contain a disinfectant which assists in wound healing. Also, Aristolochia bracteolata is colloquially known as "Worm Killer" due to supposed antihelminthic activity.
Application of NutraMax’s Aristolochia Extract
Applied in food field, it is usually used as food additive;
Applied in health product field, which can be made into clad sheet (digestive enzyme) and nutriment capsule