What is Ding Xiang?
Ding Xiang, the name of traditional Chinese medicine, is the dry flower bud of Eugenia caryophμllata Thunb., a plant of Myrtaceae. Pick when the buds turn from green to red and dry them in the sun. Dingxiang is also known as clove.
Physiological characteristics of Ding Xiang
Ding Xiang is slightly in the shape of a pestle, 1-2 cm long. The corolla of Dingxiang is spherical, 0.3-0.5cm in diameter, conjoined in a tile-like shape, with 4 petals, brown or brownish-yellow, with stamens and styles inside the petals, and many yellow fine-grained anthers can be seen after crushing. Calyx tube cylindrical, slightly flattened, some slightly curved, 0.3-0.6cm in diameter, 0.7-1.4cm long, reddish brown or tan, with 4 triangular sepals on the upper part, separated in a cross shape. The quality is firm and oily. The aroma is strong, the taste is pungent, and there is a feeling of a numb tongue.
Morphological characteristics of Ding Xiang
Ding Xiang is generally a shrub or small tree, up to 5 meters high; its bark is taupe or gray. Branchlets, rachis, pedicel, bracts, calyx, both surfaces of young leaves and petioles are glabrous and densely covered with glandular hairs. Branchlets thick, with sparse lenticels. Leaf blade leathery or thick papery, ovoid to reniform, wider than long, 2-14 cm long, 2-15 cm wide, apex shortly convex to long acuminate or acute, base cordate, truncate Suborbicular, or broadly cuneate, dark green above, light green below; leaves on shoots often long ovate, apex acuminate, base truncate to broadly cuneate; petiole 1-3 cm long.
Inflorescence panicles erect, pumped from lateral buds, subglobose or oblong, 4-16 cm long, 3-7 cm wide; pedicel 0.5-3 mm long; calyx about 3 mm long, calyx teeth acuminate, acute or obtuse Corolla purple, 1.1-2 cm long, corolla tube cylindrical, 0.8-1.7 cm long, lobes spread at right angles, ovate, elliptic to obovate, 3-6 mm long, 3-5 mm wide, Apex slightly incurved or not incurved; anthers yellow, located 0-4 mm from the throat of the corolla tube.
Fruit obovate-elliptic, ovate to oblong, 1-1.5 cm long, 4-8 mm wide, apex long acuminate, smooth. The flowering period of Dingxiang in April-May, and the fruiting period is June-October.
Growth habits of Ding Xiang
is mainly distributed in subtropical subalpine mountains, hillside forest margins
in warm temperate to temperate zones, forest undergrowth, and sunny shrubs in cold temperate zones. Its nature likes sunlight, warmth, and humidity, but it avoids waterlogging, is slightly shade-tolerant, and also drought-tolerant, with strong cold resistance and stress resistance. The soil conditions are not strict, and it is more resistant to barrenness. Except for strong acidic soil, other types of soil can grow normally.Dingxiang
is most suitable for planting in gardens with an average annual temperature of 23-24°C, a maximum monthly average temperature of 26-27°C, and a minimum monthly average temperature of 16-19°C, loose and fertile soil, and good drainage conditions. Avoid planting in low-lying land, otherwise, the accumulation of water in the garden will cause a high incidence of diseases and even lead to the death of the whole plant. If planted in shade or half shade, it will cause slow growth and weakness, and few flowering. Mature trees like light and lack of light at this time will affect flowering. Young trees aged 1 to 3 years prefer shade and do not like strong sunlight exposure, otherwise, it will be unfavorable for the growth of young trees.
How to reproduce Ding Xiang?
Ding Xiang is mainly propagated by sowing and cuttings, and can also be propagated by grafting, layering, and division. When using seeds for sowing, the seeds should be layered first, and sowed in the spring of the next year; in summer, twig cuttings and hard branch cuttings are used, and the survival rate is high; when grafting, bud grafting, or branch grafting can be used; Press it into the soil and keep the soil moist after pressing. The mother plant can be isolated and planted separately in the autumn of that year; the divisions are usually carried out before budding in early spring or after the leaves fall in autumn, and the whole pier is dug out and planted in clusters. When dividing the plants in autumn, they should be falsely planted first, and the branches above the ground should be pruned properly in the spring of the following year and then transplanted.
Ding Xiang benefits
As a traditional Chinese medicine, Ding Xiang has the effects of warming the middle and lowering adverse events, warming the kidney, and strengthening the yang. Specifically, cloves have a good effect on warming the stomach. Have a good therapeutic effect.
Dingxiang can relieve abdominal flatulence, relieve abdominal pain, and enhance digestion; cloves are warm and spicy, warm to overcome cold and dampness, aromatic, resuscitating, eliminating dampness, and avoiding pollution. The warm nature enters the kidney meridian, which can warm the kidney and strengthen the yang, and has a good therapeutic effect on impotence, premature ejaculation, coldness, etc.
The efficacy and function of cloves in seasonings are to increase the spicy taste of food. In addition, cloves are warm and pungent in nature and belong to the spleen, stomach, lung, and kidney meridian. , can also play a supporting role. When used as a seasoning, be careful not to use it with turmeric.
Ding Xiang side effects
The side effects of Ding Xiang are currently unknown.
a. Clove is a kind of traditional Chinese medicine, and its base is the flower bud of Clove, a plant of the genus Clove in the family Myrtaceae. At present, there is no authoritative literature that clearly points out the side effects of cloves, and it is recommended to use this medicine in a standardized manner under the guidance of a doctor.
b. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that cloves are pungent, warm in nature, and belong to the spleen, stomach, and kidney meridians., Nausea, diarrhea, cold pain in the epigastric abdomen, hernia, Bendun gas (the patient feels that the gas rushes from the lower abdomen to the chest and pharynx), etc.
c. Cloves should not be taken for those with symptoms of yang heat and internal heat due to yin deficiency.
d. During the period of medication, you should pay attention to a light diet, balanced nutrition, and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Work and rest regularly, avoid staying up late, and ensure adequate sleep. Maintain a comfortable mood and avoid negative emotions such as tension and anxiety. Proper physical exercise can help the body recover.
e. Under the guidance of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, cloves should be used in a standardized manner, and self-medication should be avoided, so as not to delay the disease.
Ding Xiang for garden
Ding Xiang flower is a flower and tree commonly cultivated in cool and cool areas. It is suitable for planting in gardens, residential areas, hospitals, schools, kindergartens, or other gardens and scenic spots. It can be planted alone, in clusters, or in patches on roadsides, lawns, corners, and forest edges. It can also be planted with other trees and shrubs, especially evergreen trees. Individual species can be used as flower hedges. Can be potted or used as bonsai, but also cut flowers. Lilac is one of the most common ornamental flowers and trees in my country. It blooms in mid-spring when hundreds of flowers are blooming. It is fragrant, colorful, and lovely.
Pharmacological effect of Ding Xiang
Ding Xiang TCM
Ding Xiang has the functions of regulating gastrointestinal motility and anti-ulcer and can be used in Chinese patent medicines for the treatment of gastrointestinal system diseases.
Cloves contain eugenol and other volatile substances, which have certain anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects and can be used in anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs.
Dingxiang has antibacterial, acaricidal, and antiviral effects, and its extract can be used externally to treat mosquito bites.
Clove has the effects of warming the middle and lowering the adverse, dispelling cold and relieving pain, warming the kidney, and supporting yang, and the daily dosage is 1-3g. Clove can treat symptoms such as stomach colds, vomiting, and hiccups. It can be used with persimmon stalks, Codonopsis pilosula, and ginger. To treat stomach colds and vomiting, it can be used in conjunction with pinellia and ginger. Clove can also warm the middle and dispel cold, relieve pain, and treat the pain caused by a cold stomach caused by eating cold drinks. It can be used in conjunction with Yuanhu and Chenpi. Clove also has the function of warming the kidney and helping the yang, treating impotence caused by kidney yang deficiency, infertility due to cold palace, etc.
It should be noted that everyone should use Chinese patent medicines rationally and not use them at will. When you need medication, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the medication.
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