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Ge-Gen 葛根, the root of Pueraria lobata (Willd.) Ohwi, a perennial liana in the family Leguminosae, is used as traditional Chinese medicine with various medicinal purposes. Puerarin was first recorded in ShenNongBenCaoJing.

It has the efficacy of relieving muscles analgesia, reducing fever and promoting eruptions, helping produce saliva and slake thirst, invigorate vital function, antidiarrheal and so on (Pharmacopoeia Committee of P. R. China, Pharmacopoeia of People’s Republic of China, Beijing: Chemical Industry Publishers, (in Chinese) 2010).

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