Monnier’s snowparsley (Cnidium monnieri), a plant used in the traditional Chinese medicine

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Monnier’s snowparsley is an annual plant that originates from China. It has the scientific name of Cnidium monnieri and is part of the Apiaceae or Apiacee family.

This perennial, herbaceous plant has a thin stem and small, oval, laniary, spear-shaped leaves, with a long petiole. The flowers are hermaphroditic, small and white. The fruits are rounded and flattened, having numerous seeds.

Due to its diverse properties, Monnier’s snowparsley was used since the oldest times in the Chinese traditional medicine, even 2000 years ago, mostly to increase libido and cure skin affections. In the case of Monnier’s snowparsley, people mostly used its fruits, of better said the seeds, which had several therapeutic applications due to the elements they include: cumarin, carbohydrates, hepato-protectors, etc. The seed extract is a good remedy in sexual dysfunctions, stimulates the normal function of the reproductive system and helps against sterility and impotence. Also, seeds are recommended in all sorts of mixtures as a remedy in skin affections. They have anti-allergic and antiviral properties, helping the treatment of herpes, acne and scabies.

Dried Monnier’s snowparsley leaves have an anti-allergic effect due to the substances in their composition and are used in the treatment of all sorts of skin affections. Recent studies made by researchers on rats have shown that Monnier’s snowparsley seeds have an effect against cancerous tumors and help consolidate the bones. The compounds found in Monnier’s snowparsley have antihistaminic and antibacterial properties and helps improve bone resistance. Also, they reached the conclusion that the extract made from the seeds of the plant has an effect against osteoporosis and contains active substances that stimulate osteoblasts.

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