What is Ye Lai Xiang?
Ye Lai Xiang
(scientific name: Telosma cordatum （Brum. f.） Merr.
), a plant of the genus Tuberose in the Radix family, is also called Yue Lai Xiang
, whose leaves, flowers and fruits are often used as medicine. The leaves can be picked at any time, while flowers and fruits are collected and dried at corresponding flowering and fruiting stages.
Yue Lai Xiang
Originally growing in South China, Yuelaixiang is now cultivated in many parks and flowerbeds in that region. It has the effects of clearing the liver, improving eyesight, removing nebula, promoting detoxification and myogenesis.
Morphology of Ye Lai Xiang
Ye Lai Xiang is a biennial herb. The stem is erect, about 1 meter high, with long red hairs at the base. Leaves alternate, the lower part of the stem is petiolate, the upper part is nearly sessile; the leaves are oblong-elliptic-lanceolate, 6-9 cm long, 1.5-3 cm wide, apex shortly pointed, cuneate base, sparsely serrate margin. Both sides are covered with white pilose. Flowers bloom in leaf axils of branches, arranged in sparse spikes; slender calyx tube, apex 4-lobed, lanceolate lobes, reflexed; 4 petals, yellow, obovate or obcordate; stigma 4-lobed, cylindrical capsule, narrow apex, covered with white long hairs. The flowering phase is from July to August.
Types of Ye Lai Xiang
South China Yuelaixiang
South China Ye Lai Xiang usually grows in mountain areas with a height of less than 500 meters, and towards the sun. Its young branches have fine hairs, but the old branches have none, and the flowers are umbrella-shaped, normally multiple buds blossoming at the same time. The length of the pedicel is about 1cm with a few short hairs growing on.
The calyx is relatively slender, oblong and oval in shape, about 0.3cm long and 0.2cm wide. The corolla is green in color and is goblet-shaped, and the petals are cylinder- and-trumpet shaped.
Taiwan Ye Lai Xiang is a vine-like shrub. It mainly grows in Taiwan, China. It generally grows in mountain forests and is attached to other trees.
The stems and branches of this kind are slender and soft with tiny hairs, and the leaves are oval but slightly heart-shaped, the top is slightly pointed, but the base of the leaves is heart shaped.
The inflorescence is umbrella shaped, the flowers has a light fragrance. Generally, the flower calyx is covered with needles and short hairs. The seeds are egg shaped, about 0.5cm in size. The flowering phase is around August in summer every year, and the fruiting period is in autumn and winter.
Wojing Ye Lai Xiang mainly grows in forests in South China. Its branches are soft without any hairs. The inflorescence is also umbrella shaped, with multiple buds blossoming at the same time.
Generally, the seeds of this kind are flat, and the flowering phase is a little earlier than the other two, normally in May every spring, while the fruit period is in autumn.
Growth environment of Ye Lai Xiang
Yelaixiang originally grows in South China. It mainly grows in jungles, woodlands or shrubs in subtropical and warm temperate regions. Now it is widely cultivated in many parks and flowerbeds in that region.
Ye Lai Xiang likes warm, humid, sunny, well-ventilated and dry climate. It requires loose and fertile soil with good drainage. Drought-tolerant, barren-resistant, but not waterlogging-resistant or cold-resistant. Generally, it blossoms successively from May to October with sweet fragrancy especially strong at night. However, it stops growing after leaves falling out in winter which is the time to bear fruits.
Processing methods of Ye Lai Xiang
Collection and processing
Harvested in autum. Worth mentioning that the leaves of Yelaixiang can be picked at any time, while flowers and fruits are collected at corresponding flowering and fruiting stages. Dried in the sun.
Ye Lai Xiang TCM
The root of Oenothera calyx
Sweet; bland; neutral in nature.
Return liver and lung meridian.
Clearing the liver, improving eyesight, removing nebula, promoting detoxification and myogenesis.
Flowers, leaves, and fruits are suitable for treating acute and chronic conjunctivitis, keratitis, corneal pannus, and conjunctivitis caused by measles. The fresh leaves are used externally to treat ulcers, furuncles, abscesses, and traumatic erosions of the feet.
Flowers, leaves, 3-6g, or 1 fruit (split) decocted in water. Appropriate amount of fresh leaves are used for external use, scalded in boiling water and pasted on the affected area. For foot injury and erosion, use ground fresh leaves with lard.
When taking the drug, do not eat spicy, irritating, greasy, cold food, such as braised pork, ice cream, chili and etc., so as not to affect its medical effectiveness.
1. Treatment of conjunctivitis caused by measles: 6g of tuberose, 10g of chamomile and medlar, decocted in water.
2.Treatment of night blindness: 6g each of tuberose and luminous sand, 1 piece of chicken liver, decoct in water, remove residue, eat soup and chicken liver.
3.Treatment of eye and nebula film: 6g of tuberose, 10g of horsetail, 5g of cicada slough, decocted in water.
4. Treatment of infantile malnutrition into the eyes and blurred vision: 6g of tuberose, betel nut, and catkin each, 5g of torreya, decocted in water.
Ye Lai Xiang benefits
Leaves, flowers and fruits of Ye Lai Xiang: sweet, bland, neutral in nature. It helps clear liver, improve eyesight, dispel nebula, promote detoxification and granulation. Used for conjunctival redness and swelling, corneal nebula, and externally for sores, furuncles and abscesses.
Strengthen muscles and bones, expel wind and clear dampness.
In South China, people saute Yue Lai Xiang flowers with meat. The flowers can also be steamed to get balm.
View and Admire
The flowers are fragrant, especially at night, and are often cultivated for viewing.
Ye Lai Xiang has slender branches, yellow-green flowers blossom in the evening in seasons of summer and autumn, sending strong fragrance around. It is often planted to decorate courtyards, window sills, ponds and pavilions in the south.
Ye Lai Xiang side effects
Common side effects are nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, headache and endocrine disturbances. Teenagers, unmarried and childless females are not recommended to take Ye Lai Xiang because it may cause endocrine disorders. Be cautioned not to use this medicine with other health products. Although Yelaixiang has many benefits, it must be used rationally and avoid long-term use. Please pay attention to its storage condition as well, otherwise it will easily get oxidized.
How to take Ye Lai Xiang?
Ye Lai Xiang flowers, leaves, 3-6g, or 1 fruit (split) decocted in water for about 40~60 mins in casserole or enamel pot. Take heed of ironware not being used in Chinese Traditional Medicine’s Decoction.
Before decoction, make sure the materials are well clensed and soaked in clear water which just cover them for about 20~30mins.
Fresh leaves are used for external use. First scalded in boiling water and pasted on the affected area. For foot injury and erosion, use ground fresh leaves with lard.
Grind Ye Lai Xiang flowers or leaves into powder, mix with Vaseline and apply to the affected area, or just mash the fresh and apply to the affected area.
Ye Lai Xiang Rice Porridge
Ingredients: 10 grams of Ye Lai Xiang flower, 100 grams of rice.
Decoct Ye Lai Xiang flower in water to get the juice, add rice and cook it to get gruel, or add the flower to the porridge when it is done, and bring the porridge to one or two boilings again. Take one dose every night. It can helps calm the nerves, and improve poor sleep qualities, like insomnia, dreaminess, and etc.
How to choose Ye Lai Xiang?
Delicate vine-like shrubs; branchlets pilose, yellow-green, old branches taupe, gradually glabrous, slightly lenticel. Leaves membranous, ovate-oblong to broadly ovate, 6.5-9.5 cm long, 4-8 cm wide, apex shortly acuminate, base heart-shaped; leaf veins covered with fine hairs; base veins 3-5, lateral veins About 6 on each side, small veins reticular; petiole 1.5-5 cm long, hairy or shed, with 3-5 small glands clustered at the top. Umbrella-shaped cymes axillary, with up to 30 flowers; peduncle 5-15 mm long, finely hairy, pedicel 1-1.5 cm long, finely hairy, flowers fragrant. Calyx lobes oblong-lanceolate, covered with fine hairs outside, with 5 small glands at the base of the inner surface of the calyx; corolla yellow-green, tall saucer-shaped, corolla tube cylindrical, throat covered with villous hairs, lobes oblong, 6 mm long, 3 mm wide, ciliate, not wrinkled when dry, covered to the right; corona 5, membranous, inserted on the corolla, abdomen and anthers adhered, lower part ovate, apex ligulate Acuminate, dorsal convex with indentations; anther top with incurved diaphragm; pollen mass oblong, erect; ovary glabrous, carpels free, multiple ovules in each cell, style short columnar, stigma head Shaped, pentagonal at base. Follicles lanceolate, 7-10 cm long, acuminate, thick exocarp, glabrous; seeds broadly ovate, about 8 mm long, with white silky seed hairs at the top.
Growth location and Harvest time
Ye Lai Xiang originally grows in South China. It mainly grows in jungles, woodlands or shrubs in subtropical and warm temperate regions.
Yue Lai Xiang blooms mainly from May to October. Its stems, flowers and fruits are collected that time and dried in the sun.
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