Cortex eucommia has a long history of being used as medicine. It belongs to Eucommia ulmoides Oliv., and its bark is used medicinally. In recent years, the functions of leaves and skins are similar, and leaves can be used instead of skins. Cortex eucommiae extract chlorogenic acid has various pharmacological effects such as choleretic, antibacterial, antiviral, antihypertensive, increasing white blood cells and stimulating the central nervous system. It is an important raw material for health care products, food, medicine, cosmetics and other industries. Therefore, the use of Eucommia ulmoides leaves to produce chlorogenic acid has huge social benefits and economic significance.
Pharmacological Effects of Cortex Eucommiae Extract
Antihypertensive effect: It has been confirmed by clinical trials for many years that cortex eucommiae extract has obvious antihypertensive effect, and the effect is stable, non-toxic and free of side effects.
Anti-tumor effect: Modern pharmacological experiments have shown that cortex eucommiae extract has anti-cancer and anti-tumor effects. Japanese scholars have studied the antimutagenicity of eucommia ulmoides and found that this effect is related to chlorogenic acid and other anti-mutagenic components. This revealed the important significance of Eucommia for tumor prevention.
Invigorating the kidney and enhancing immunity: Experiments have shown that cortex eucommiae extract can stimulate the pituitary-adrenal cortex system and enhance the function of the adrenal cortex. Studies have found that Eucommia can not only initiate the phagocytic activity of the monocyte-macrophage system and the peritoneal macrophage system, enhance the body’s non-specific immune function, but also inhibit delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions.
Antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-musculoskeletal aging: cortex eucommiae extract contains a special ingredient that can promote the synthesis and decomposition of collagen in human skin, bones, and muscles, and has the function of promoting metabolism and preventing decline. It can be used to prevent the skeletal and muscle decline of astronauts caused by weightlessness in space. At the same time, it is found that Eucommia has obvious anti-free radical effects both in vivo and in vitro.
Antibacterial and antiviral: cortex eucommiae extract chlorogenic acid has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, and aucubin and its polymers have obvious antibacterial effects. Aucubin has inhibitory effect on Gram-negative and positive bacteria. It has bacteriostatic, diuretic effects, and can promote wound healing. Aucubin can also produce obvious antiviral effect after pre-incubation with glucoside, but it has no antiviral function by itself. Research confirmed by the Institute of Advanced Medicine, Aichi Medical University fromJapan, that the alkaline substances extracted from Eucommia ulmoides have the function of resisting viruses that destroy the human immune system. This substance has the potential to be used in the prevention and treatment of AIDS.
Cortex eucommiae extract has obvious curative effect on acute throat inflammation and skin diseases. It is clinically used to treat acute bacterial infection and leukopenia caused by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Cortex eucommiae extract has a good hemostatic effect on menorrhagia and functional uterine bleeding. It also has adrenaline-like effects.
Slimming Effect of Cortex Eucommiae Extract
Neutral fat is the source of human physical strength and an indispensable nutrient. If the neutral fat is absorbed excessively and accumulates in the subcutaneous, visceral and blood vessel walls of the human body, people will become obese. Studies have shown that taking Eucommia ulmoides tea continuously for more than 1 month can significantly reduce the neutral fat under the skin and around the body organs, and play a role in weight loss. And it has the good effect of preventing arteriosclerosis, preventing cardiovascular disease, and preventing obesity and weight loss without exercising.
The weight loss mechanism of Eucommia ulmoides is that some biologically active substances contained in Eucommia ulmoides have the ability to promote the collagen protein that connects cells and cells to accelerate the metabolism, and promote the synthesis of other proteins in the organism. At the same time, it promotes metabolism and consumes energy in the human body to reduce the neutral fat accumulated in the human body. On the other hand, the active substances of Eucommia can inhibit the absorption function of the intestine, provide the catabolism and excretion function of the liver, enhance the activity of lipase, and accelerate the degradation of lipid compounds.
Beauty Function of Cortex Eucommiae Extract
The aging of people’s skin is mainly caused by the loss of elasticity of the intercellular connection between dermal cells and cells (collagen) under the skin. Cortex eucommiae leaf extract can accelerate the metabolism of collagen, restore elasticity and prevent skin from wrinkling. Studies have shown that Eucommia ulmoides leaves can improve the protein synthesis ability of human body, especially can promote the metabolism of collagen (accounting for 30% of total protein), prevent or delay skin wrinkling, increase luster and play a cosmetic role. Eucommia leaf even activates keratin, improves hair texture, makes hair shiny and reduces hair loss.
Eucommia ulmoides extract has certain curative effects on wound healing, healthy and moist skin, as well as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Pure Natural Veterinary Medicine
With the emphasis on nutrition, food safety and environmental quality, there is a growing demand to ban the use of antibiotics and certain chemically synthesized drugs in food and animal feed. The use of Chinese herbal medicines to replace chemically synthesized drugs and antibiotic additives has broad prospects.
Traditionally, the skin and leaves of Eucommia ulmoides are used as growth-promoting agents for livestock and poultry, and are used as growth-promoting, egg-enhancing, lactation-promoting and animal immune-enhancing agents. Experiments in recent years have preliminarily confirmed that Eucommia bark, leaf extract, and Eucommia leaf powder can improve the health level and production performance of livestock, poultry and fish. It is possible to improve the quality of animal meat and eggs. Preliminary tests have confirmed that Eucommia ulmoides leaf extract has the same effect as chemical antifungal agent as a feed mildew inhibitor, and has the potential to develop new antioxidants in feed.
Starting from the development of the feed industry and the requirements of green farming, Eucommia ulmoides leaves have been widely recognized for its superior antibacterial and growth-promoting properties. Tests have shown that cortex eucommiae extract has broad-spectrum antibacterial, antioxidant, free radical scavenging and immunity-enhancing effects. It has the functions of promoting the rapid growth of livestock and poultry, preventing and treating diseases and replacing antibiotics.