Both the leaf and root of Chameleon plant are consumed as a vegetable in Vietnam and in Southwest China. Studies have demonstrated that this plant has broad-spectrum anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and immune-stimulating properties.
Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordada) gains its common name for its changing colors as the plant matures, from pink to burgundy to deep green. Both its leaf and root are consumed as a vegetable in Vietnam and in Southwest China. A significant amount of research conducted in Korea, China and Japan demonstrate that the extract of the whole plant has broad-spectrum antiviral and antibacterial effects, including antiviral effects on the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus.
Facts About Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordada)
History of Chameleon Plant as Food and Medicinial Herb
Chameleon plant has also been used as herbal medicine for clearing heat, eliminating toxin and draining pus. Studies have demonstrated that Chameleon plant has broad-spectrum anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and immunostimulating activity. Clinically it has been used to treat pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, inflammation, cervical erosion, astrophic sinusitis, and angioma.
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The antiviral activity of H. cordata extract was greater in cells pretreated with extract than those treated after infection. We conclude that H. cordata extract has antiviral activity, and it offers a potential to develop a new anti-EV71 agent.
Influenza viruses cause significant morbidity and mortality in humans through epidemics or pandemics. The lack of effective therapeutical treatment underlines the importance of research for new antiviral compounds.
The results of this study provided scientific data to support the efficient and safe use of HC to combat SARS.
Houttuynia cordata Thunb. (HC), Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fischer (GU), Forsythia suspense (Thunb.) Vahl (FS), and Lonicera japonica Thunb. (LJ) are Chinese herbs known to possess anti-inflammatory properties.
This study may show the usefulness of HcFs in the ethnopharmacological treatment of Th2-mediated or allergic inflammation, through the down-regulation of the production of Th2 cytokines and TARC, as well as cell migration.
The present study evaluated the antiviral activity of Bidens pilosa L. var. minor (Blume) Sherff and Houttuynia cordata Thunb., using cytotoxicity test with XTT-based colorimetric assay.
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