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Family Polygonaceae
Polygonum perfoliatum L.
Guan ye liao

Scientific names Common names
Ampelygonum perfoliatum (L.) Roberty & Vautier Kangingit (Ig.)
Chylocalyx perfoliatus (L.) Hassk. ex Miq. Asiatic tearthumb (Engl.)
Echinocaulon perfoliatus (L.) Hassk. Devil's tail (Engl.)
Fagopyrum perfoliatum (L.) Raf. Devil's tearthumb (Engl.)
Persicaria perfoliata (L.) H.Gross Devil's tail tearthumb (Engl.)
Polygonum perfoliatum L. Mile-a-minute vine (Engl.)
Tracaulon perfoliatum (L.) Greene Mile-a-minute weed (Engl.)
Truellum perfoliatum (L.) Sojak


Polygonum perfoliatum L. is an accepted name The Plant List
Mile-a-minute vine is a common name shared by (1) Kangitngit, Persicaria perfoliata, devil's tail, and (2) Morning glory, Ipomoea cairica

Other vernacular names
CHINESE: Guan ye liao, She dao tui.

- Polygonum perfoliatum is an ancient medicinal plant in Chinese medicine. It was first recorded in the classic medical book "Wang Bing Hui Chun" in the Ming Dynasty: to treat snakebites. (17)

Polygonum perfoliatum is a perennial glaucous, twining herb that may grow 3 to 3.5 meters in length. Roots are fibrous and shallow. Stems are angled, red-violet in color with hooked spines. Leaves are light green, reddish when young, alternate, distinctly triangular, 3 to 10 centimeters long; petiole peltately attached. Flowers have 5 corolla lobes, white or bluish-violet in color, oblong, gradually enlarging during fruiting time. Stamens are 8. Inflorescences are few-flowered, blooming during summer, borne on the upper part of the leaf axils. Fruits are achenes, almost globose, 3 millimeters in diameter, black when ripe, shiny; the entire infructescence enclosing the fleshy calyx.

- Sprawling over thickets in ravines In high altitude areas throughout the Philippines, 1,300 to 1,600 m. - the Mountain province, Benguet, Ifugao in Luzon and Budkidnon in Mindanao.
- Native to a wide area of east Asia, from Japan to the Philippines.
In some countries, considered an invasive weed specie with "pest-status" that threatens forest regeneration. (Link)
- In Europe, included since 2016 in the list of invasive Alien Species of Union concern (the Union List) , meaning the species cannot be imported, cultivated, transported, commercialized, planted or intentionally released into the environment in the whole of the European Union.. (19)

- Eighty chemical constituents have been isolated from P. perfoliatum, including flavonoids, anthraquinones, terpenoids, phenolic acids, phenylpropanoids, and alkaloids. among which flavonoids are the main active components. (17)
- Study of whole plant yielded five diferuloyl esters of sucrose, 6‘-acetyl-3,6-diferuloylsucrose (helonioside B) (1); 2‘,4‘,6‘-triacetyl-3,6-diferuloylsucrose (2); 1,2‘,4‘,6‘-tetraacetyl-3,6-diferuloylsucrose (3); 1,2‘,6‘-triacetyl-3,6-diferuloylsucrose (4); and 2‘,6‘-diacetyl-3,6-diferuloylsucrose (5), along with the 1,3,6-tri-p-coumaroyl-6‘-feruloylsucroses, vanicoside A and vanicoside B. (3)
- Study yielded four neoflavonoids.

- Study isolated and elucidated 10 compounds identified as 5-hydroxymethyl2-furaldehyde (1), methyl caffeoate (2), protocatechuic aldehyde (3), quercetin (4), pinocernbrin (5), catechin (6), taxifolin (7), taxifolin-3-O-β-D-xylopyranoside (8),13-epitorulosal (9), coumarin-7-O-β-D-glucose glycosidic (10). (8)
- Ethyl acetate extract yielded four compounds: pentacosanoic acid(Ⅱ), 3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid (Ⅲ), Quercetin (Ⅳ), 8-oxo-pinoresinol (Ⅴ). Ethanol fractions yielded quercetin-3-O-ß-D-glucuronide (VI) and rutin (VIII). (see study below) (8)
- Chemical analysis yielded the presence of phenolic compound, organic acid, alkaloid, amino acids, saponin, tannin, flavone and flavonoids, anthraquinone and glucoside, cardiotonic glycoside, sugar, plant sterols, triterpenes, etc. (see study below) (10)
- Study of ethyl acetate extract yielded ten compounds identified as 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde (1), methyl caffeoate (2), protocatechuic aldehyde (3), quercetin (4), pinocernbrin (5), catechin (6), taxifolin (7), taxifolin-3-O-beta-D-xylopyranoside (8), 13-epitorulosal (9), coumarin-7-O-beta-D-glucose glycosidic (10). (11)
- Methanol extract of tubers yielded a new lignan—8-oxopinoresinol—together with 5 known compounds viz., 3',5-dihydroxy-3,4',5',7-tetramethoxy-flavone (2), catechin (3), quercetin (4), quercetin-3-O-β-D-glucuronide (5) and rutin (6). (see study below) (12)
- Study of Polygonum perfoliatum yielded four neoflavonoids, 3,4-dihydro-4-(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-5,7-dihydroxycoumarin (1), 3,4-dihydro-5-hydroxy-7-methoxy-4-(4'-methoxyphenyl)coumarin (2), 3,4-dihydro-5-hydroxy-4-(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-7-methoxycoumarin (3), and 3,4-dihydro-5,7-dihydroxy-4-
(4'-methoxyphenyl)coumarin (4). (4)

- Acidic tasting, cooling natured, antifebrile, carminative, anti-infective, anti-dermatosis, depurative, diuretic.
- Studies have suggested anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, antibacterial, anti-hepatic fibrosis, anticancer, anti-hepatitis, antiviral, hypolipidemic, hepatoprotective properties.

Parts utilized
· Entire plant.

Culinary / Edibility
- Tender young leaves and shoots, raw or cooked, are eaten as vegetable.
- Seeds, raw or cooked.

- Ripe fruit (seeds) are eaten fresh.
- High potassium content.
- Used for colds and fever, enteritis-diarrhea, infected wounds, and snakebites.
- Used for hematuria.
- May use decoction as wash for or sprinkle dried powdered material over burns, dermatitis, eczema.
- Juice of leaves for backache.
- In Chinese medicine, used for relief of fever, jaundice, dysentery, inflammation, cough, edema, tonsillitis, herpes zoster, nephritis, snake bites, abscesses, parotitis, otitis media.
- In China, herb used t reduce swelling, control body temperture, and promote detoxification. (4) A;so used to treat sore throat, infantile cough, edema, oliguria, damp-h eat diarrhea, eczema, furuncles, and hemorrhoids. Jiangxi Herbal Medicine records use of the plant as stewed with pig large intestine and used for the treatment of hemorrhoids. (17)
- Fodder: In China, leaves and stems used as feed for pigs, rabbits, geese, and other livestock and poultry.. In some rural areas, sun-dried P. perfoliatum is mixed with corn and coarse grins and used as cheap food.(17)

Quercetin-3-O-ß-D-glucuronide-methyl Ester / Anti-Inflammatory: Study evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of quercetin-3-O-ß-D-glucuronide-methyl ester from Polygonum perfoliatum in in vivo models of acute inflammation. Results suggest a potent anti-inflammatory function in acute inflammation with a significant dose-related inhibition in xylene-induced ear swelling and acid-induced vascular permeability in mice. (7)
Anti-Tumor / Antioxidant: Study of evaluated n-butanol extract and ethanol fractions of Polygonum perfoliatum. Flavonoids showed strong antioxidant activity on DPPH free radical scavenging assay. In vitro testing by MTT method, compound IV showed moderate anti-tumor activity against human prostate carcinoma (PC3) while compound V showed inhibition effects on human hepatocellular carcinoma (SMMC7721). (see constituents above) (8)
Decreased Expression of Leptin / Anti-Hepatic Fibrosis / Antioxidant: Study in a hepatic fibrosis model in rats showed Polygonum perfoliatum has a good curative anti-hepatic fibrosis effect, possibly through an effect on metabolism of extracellular matrix by decreasing the expression level of leptin. (9)
Antibacterial: Study of water extracts showed P. perfoliatum had stronger bacteriostatic effects to Staphylococcus aureus, Pasturella, Streptococcus, Salmonella, and E. coli. (see constituents above)       (10)
Cytotoxicity / Anti-Cancer / Tubers: Methanol extract of tubers yielded a new lignan: 8-oxopinoresinol (1), together with 5 known compounds. Compound 1 showed cytotoxicity against human mammary carcinoma (Bcap-37), human colon carcinoma (RKO), human hepatocellular carcinoma (SMMC-7721), human prostate carcinoma (PC3) and human erythroleukaemia (K562) cells. (see constituents above) (12)
Anti-HBV Effect: Study evaluated an alcohol extract of Polygonum perfoliatum on the expression of HBsAg and HBeAg in HepG2.2.15 cells. Results showed an inhibitory effect on the secretion of HBsAg and HBeAb, with a dose-response relationship between concentration and effect. (13)
Anti-Inflammatory / Anti-Viral / Quercetin-3-O-?-D-glucuronide: Quercetin-3-O-?-D-glucuronide, isolated from Polygonum perfoliatum L. was evaluated by antiviral efficacy against influenza A virus and anti-inflammatory activity in vivo in mouse. In an in vivo study, oral administration of quercetin-3-O-?-D-glucuronide significantly suppressed ear edema induced by dimethyl benzene and peritoneal permeability induced by acetic acid in mice. It also showed inhibitory activity against influenza A virus (FLUAV). (14)
Antitumor / Polysaccharides / Lung Cancer Cell Line: Study evaluated the antitumor activity of extracted polysaccharides from Polygonum perfoliatum on human lung cancer A549 cell line. Study showed an appropriate method for optimized PSDP extraction. Results indicate the PSDP has significant antitumor effect against A549 cells, most likely via induction of mitochondrial mediated apoptosis. (15)
Antitumor Mechanisms: Study evaluated the antitumor mechanisms using several cell lines and xenograft models from different cancers and the underlying mechanisms of action in vitro and in vivo. The EA extract showed good anticancer activity. Fractionation yielded five active components, of which PEC showed the strongest cytotoxicities against various cancer cell lines PEC also inhibited cancer cell growth, arrested cells at the G2 phase and induced apoptosis in vitro and suppressed tumor growth and angiogenesis in vivo in a dose- and time-dependent manner, and also decreased the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and micro-vascular density (MVD) in tumor tissues in vivo and promoted the proliferation of T and B lymphocytes, increased the activities of natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes., enhanced the secretion of IL-2 by spleen cells, and raised the levels of IgG, IgG2a, and IgG2b antibodies in tumor-bearing mice in vivo. Results showed broad spectrum anticancer activities without causing host toxicity in vitro and in vivo. It presents a potential for a preventive and therapeutic agent against human cancer. (16)
Hypolipidemic / Antioxidant / Flavonoids: Study evaluated the bioactive composition, antioxidant and hypolipidemic effects of total flavonoids extracted from P. perfoliatum on high-fat diet induced hyperlipidemic rats. HPLC analysis showed the main flavonoids were quercetin and rutin. Results showed levels of serum lipids, antioxidant enzyme activities and MDA in liver tissue of hyperlipidemc rats were restored by treatment by different doses of TFP. Results suggest the TFP from Polygonum perfoliatum demonstrated antioxidant and hypolipidemic effects in vivo in rats and has potential as herbal medicine for hyperlipidemia diseases. (18)
Hepatoprotective: Study evaluated the hepatoprotective activity of P. perfoliatum methanolic extract against paracetamol induced toxicity in Wistar rats. Biochemical parameters were measured and histopathological evaluation were carried out. The hepatoprotective effect of 500 mg/kg/day was more pronounced than 125 and 250 mg/kg dose. However, the effect was less pronounced than standard silymarin therapy. The hepatoprotective activity was attributed to quercetin, benzoic acid, gallic acid and vitamin E constituents. (20)
Antimicrobial / Cytotoxicity / Leaves: Study of dichlormethane soluble fraction of methanol extract of leaves isolated ß-sitosterol (1) and ß-sitosterol-D-glucoside (2). Antimicrobial screening of the crude fraction showed moderate antimicrobial activity against most of the test organisms. The hexane soluble fraction showed significant cytotoxic activity with LC50 0.64 µg/ml in brine shrimp lethality assay. (21)

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Updated April 2022 / July 2016

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Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Study on the Mechanism of Vascular Relaxation of Ethanol Extract of Persicaria Perfoliata H. Gross / Choi Byung-Sun, Cho Eun-Hee et al

Mile-a-Minute Weed / Yun Wu et al / Invasive Plants of the Eastern US
New Sucrose Phenylpropanoid Esters from Polygonum perfoliatum
/ Xingzhong Sun , Michael L. Zimmermann , Jean-Michel Campagne , and Albert T. Sneden * / J. Nat. Prod., 2000, 63 (8), pp 1094–1097 / DOI: 10.1021/np000055e
Neoflavonoids from Polygonum perfoliatum / XINGZHONG SUN et al / Planta medica • 1999, vol. 65, no7, pp. 671-673

Polygonum perfoliatum / Synonyms / The Plant List
Polygonum perfoliatum / Stone, Katharine R. / Fire Effects Information System, 2010, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory
Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Quercetin-3-O-ß-D-glucoronide-methyl Ester from Polygonum perfoliatum in Mice / Xiaojian Gong, Xin Zhou et al / International Journal of Pharmacology, 2013 /
DOI: 10.3923/ijp.2013
Studies on the Chemical Constituents from Polygonum Perfoliatum L. / Cheng Huan Bo / Master's Thesis / 2012 / Hubei University of Chinese Medicine
Study on the Effect of Polygonum Perfoliatum L on the Expression of Leptin in Hepatic Tissue of Rats with Hepatic Fibrosis / LI Jian; ZHOU Yan-li; SUN Ke-rang; CAO Qing-sheng; CHEN Ying / Medical Recapitulate, 2014-18
Study on Effective Composition Analysis and Antibacterial Effects of Herb Polygonum perfoliatum / FU Ya-xiang, HE Xiang-rong, LI Jun-chao, LIU Xiang-xin / Progress in Veterinary Medicine, 2008-09
Chemical constituents of ethyl acetate extract from Polygonum perfoliatum / Cheng HB, Liu XQ, Chen KL / Zhong yao cai - Journal of Chinese medicinal materials 35:7 2012 Jul, pp 1088-90
/ Natural product research / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14786419.2012.682993
Effect of Polygonum Perfoliatum On the Expression of HBsAg and HBeAg in HepG2.2.15 Cells
/ Ya GAO; Kefeng ZHANG / Medicinal Plant, 2013, v.4(10) 31-33
Anti-inflammatory, antiviral and quantitative study of quercetin-3-O-ß-D-glucuronide in Polygonum perfoliatum L. / Dongsheng Fan, Xin Zhou, Chao Zhao, Huaguo Chen, Yang Zhao, Xiaojian Gong /
Antitumor effect and mechanism of action of polysacchardies extracted from Polygonum perfoliatum L. whole plant in human lung carcinoma A549 cell line
/ X Lai, Y Li / Tropical Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. 2016 /
Antitumor Effects and Related Mechanisms of Ethyl Acetate Extracts of Polygonum perfoliatum L.
/ Qinglin Li, Xiaoxuan Fu, Xinyang Ge, Feng Tao, Ping Huang, Minghua Ge, Hongchuan Jin / Front. Oncol., 2019 / DOI: 10.3389/fonc.2019.0578
Polygonum perfoliatum L, ab Excellent Herbal Mediccine Widelys Used in China: A Review
/ Junyu Liu , Xuhua Qin et al / Frontiers in Pharmacology, 2020 / DOI: 10.3389/fphar.2020.581266
Effect of total flavonoids extracted from Polygonum perfoliatum L. on hypolipidemic and antioxidant in hyperlipidemic rats induced by high -fat diet / Jiaxing Wang, Yu Wang et al / Int J Clin Exp Med, 2018; 11(7): pp 6758-6766 / ISSN: 1940-5901/IJCEM0069825
P ersicaria perfoliata / Wikipedia
Validation of hepatoprotective use of Polygonum perfoliatum extract against paracetamol induced toxicity in Wistar rats / Mohammad Saleem, Muhammad Fahd Mushtaq et al / Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica - Drug Researh, 2019; 76(2): pp 283-289 / DOI: 10.32383/appdr/95224
Steroids from the Leaves of Persicaria perfoliatum (L.) H. Gross
/ Md. Sagar Hossein, A M Sarwaruddin et al / Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Journal, 2018; 22(2): pp224-227 / DOI: 10.3329/bpj.v22i2.42314

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