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Manchurian thorn (Aralia mandshurica)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Aralia, Aralia chinensis mandshurica, Aralia elata var. mandshurica, Aralia mandshurica, Aralia mandshurica Rupr., Araliaceae (family), ci-lao-yia (Mandarin Chinese), Dimorphanthus mandshuricus, gill, gill old bud, gill Thumbergia, lung bud tree, Magpie does not tread, Manchurian aralia, Manchurian thorn tree, Siberian Aralia mandshurica, tiger yang gill.
  • Selected combination products: A-Supreme™, Adaptaphase I™, Adaptaphase II™, Adrenal-Care™, Aralox™, EZ-Energy™, Frutaiga™, KickStart ImmunoBurst™, Prime 1™, Primorye™, Tonizid™, Tunguska Mist™.
  • Note: The closely related A. elata (1) is not discussed in this monograph.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Manchurian thorn (Aralia mandshurica) is a member of the Araliaceae family. It is native to the eastern regions of Russia, northern China, and Korea. It may grow to a height of 18 feet and is characterized by having large thorns and leaves.
  • Aralia mandshurica is often marketed combined with other herbs. Aralox™, for example, contains Aralia mandshurica and Engelhardtia chrysolepis, shown to decrease fat and body weights in nonexercising, obese, but otherwise healthy women (2).
  • According to herbalists, A. mandshurica is an adaptogen (3). Adaptogens are thought to promote homeostasis in the person taking the herbs by promoting a generalized resistance against physical, chemical, and biological stresses.

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References

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