Phellodendron amurense is a deciduous tree that belongs to the dicotyledonous plant, and is widely distributed in Korea, Japan, and China. Phellodendron amurense, which grows with thick branches spreading in all directions with an average height of 20m, grows in deep mountainous areas. The name Phellodendron amurense was given because of the yellow color of the inner skin, and it is also called Hwang-gyeong-eup or Golden Tree. When peeled, Phellodendron amurense is separated into an outer hull and an inner hull. The yellow inner bark has a unique golden color and is often used as a natural dye, and it is often used as a medicine to treat various diseases under the name of a herbal medicine called Hwangbaek. Now let’s take a closer look at some of the main benefits of Phellodendron amurense.
Phellodendron amurense main effects
1. Vascular Health
The golden color of the shell of Phellodendron amurense is rich in berberine. This rich berberine component is said to be excellent in suppressing LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol that is the cause of various vascular diseases. In addition, it increases the production of nitric oxide, which helps dilate blood vessels, and helps in the recovery of endothelial damage in blood vessels. According to data from the National Center for Biotechnology Information in the United States, it was announced that berberine in Phellodendron amurense can have a beneficial effect in regulating blood lipid levels.
2. Boost immunity
Berberine, which is abundantly contained in Phellodendron amurense, has excellent antiviral and antibacterial effects to the extent that it is called a natural antibiotic, so it is excellent in protecting the body from pathogens and viruses introduced from the outside. These related actions are effective in strengthening the immune system, the body’s defense system. In addition to the immune-enhancing effect, Phellodendron amurense is also known to help prevent cancer by inhibiting the occurrence and proliferation of cancer cells.
3. Prevention of inflammatory diseases
Inflammation is one of the body’s natural immune responses, but when it is over-activated, it causes the onset of various chronic and inflammatory diseases. The excellent anti-inflammatory action of the berberine component contained in Phellodendron amurense prevents the increase in inflammation, thereby helping to prevent and improve symptoms of various inflammatory diseases such as gastritis, enteritis, stomatitis, vaginitis, and uterine inflammation. In addition, Phellodendron amurense is known to have beneficial effects in relieving symptoms of various chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
4. Regulates blood sugar and fat metabolism
Berberine in Phellodendron amurense improves insulin sensitivity by promoting the secretion of insulin, which is essential for our body’s metabolism, and helps control blood sugar that rises rapidly after food intake. In addition, berberine is said to be excellent in inhibiting the accumulation of fat and helping to activate brown fat, which is called good fat. In fact, as a result of consistently taking berberine for diabetic patients, it was also confirmed that it helps to reduce blood sugar levels and inhibit fat accumulation.
Phellodendron amurense is said to be effective in treating indigestion by improving the functions of the stomach and intestines, in addition to the various effects introduced above, and to help improve dysentery and diarrhea. In addition, it is said that it can be expected to have a good effect in alleviating the symptoms of uterine fibroids through the regulating action of female hormones. In addition, Phellodendron amurense is said to be excellent in antipyretic action to lower body heat, promote blood circulation in the eye and prevent eye diseases such as conjunctivitis.
How to eat Phellodendron amurense
If you want to consume Phellodendron amurense in tea form, first wash the rind of Phellodendron amurense clean and cut it into suitable size. After that, put it in a preheated frying pan and simmer over low heat for about 20-30 minutes. Then, add 2L of water to 20~30g of red husk bark and boil it over low heat for about 30 minutes to drink. Also, please note that it is a good way to consume Phellodendron amurense effectively by making it in the form of fermented liquid with honey and brown sugar.
Side effects to watch out for when taking Phellodendron amurense
Phellodendron amurense has various effects, but because it has a cold nature, if consumed in excess, it may cause diarrhea and abdominal pain. Also, depending on the constitution, symptoms such as loss of appetite and itching may occur, so it is recommended to stop taking it when related symptoms appear.