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Agastache rugosa

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Korean Mint
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Agastache
Species: A. rugosa
Binomial name
Agastache rugosa
(Fisch. & C.A.Mey.) Kuntze[1]

Agastache rugosa (Korean Mint, Blue Licorice, Purple Giant Hyssop, Huo xiang, Indian Mint, Patchouli Herb, Wrinkled Giant Hyssop; syn. Lophanthus rugosus Fisch. & C.A.Mey.) is a medicinal and ornamental plant in the Lamiaceae family.

Traditional uses

In Korea, it is called (방아잎, bangannip), and used for Korean pancake and stew, more specifically for Bosintang and Chu-eo-tang. Chu-eo-tang is a soup or stew cooked with Chinese muddy loach. It is called (Script error)[2] in Chinese and it is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine.[3] Chemicals isolated from Agastache rugosa have some antibacterial properties.[4] The extracts have shown antifungal activity in in vitro experiments.[5] Agastache rugosa may have anti-atherogenic properties.[6]

Chemical constituents

Chemical compounds found in the plant include:[7]

See also


  1. "Agastache rugosa information from NPGS/GRIN". USDA. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  2. "Agastache rugosa in Flora of China @". Archived from the original on 3 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  3. "Agastache rugosa - Plants For A Future database report". Archived from the original on 3 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  4. Production of antibacterial substance against bovine pneumoniae bacteria from Agastache rugosa Jang B.-G., Lee D.-H., Lee J.-S. Korean Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 2005 33:2 (142-147)
  5. Antifungal effect of extracts of 32 traditional Chinese herbs against intestinal Candida in vitro Deng J.-H., Wang G.-S., Ma Y.-H., Shi M., Li B. World Chinese Journal of Digestology 2010 18:7 (741-743)
  6. Inhibition of cytokine-induced vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 expression; possible mechanism for anti-atherogenic effect of Agastache rugosa Hong J.-J., Choi J.-H., Oh S.-R., Lee H.-K., Park J.-H., Lee K.-Y., Kim J.-J., Jeong T.-S., Oh G.T. FEBS Letters 2001 495:3 (142-147)
  7. "Species Information". Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  8. 4-Methoxycinnamaldehyde inhibited human respiratory syncytial virus in a human larynx carcinoma cell line Wang K.C., Chang J.S., Chiang L.C., Lin C.C. Phytomedicine 2009 16:9 (882-886)
  9. Chemical composition of essential oil in stems, leaves and flowers of Agastache rugosa Yang D., Wang F., Su J., Zeng L. Zhong yao cai = Zhongyaocai = Journal of Chinese medicinal materials 2000 23:3 (149-151)

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