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Euodia Ruticarpa Wu Zhu Yu (Evodia Fruit, Evodiae Fructus)


Pinyin: Wu Zhu Yu Latin: Euodia Ruticarpa

Physical Characteristics

Euodia Ruticarpa or Wu Zhu Yu (Evodia Fructus) is a decidious Tree growing to 10m hardy to zone 0. Euodia flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) Euodia Ruticarpa prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils that are acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. Euodia Ruticarpa requires moist soil.



Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) Uses:*

Wu Zhu Yu (Euodia Ruticarpa) has a marked warming effect on the body, helping to relieve headaches and a wide range of digestive problems[254]. Euodia fruit is analgesic, anthelmintic, appetizer, astringent, carminative, decongestant, deobstruent, diuretic, stimulant, stomachic and uterotonic[174, 176, 178, 218, 240].*

Euodia Ruticarpa is used in the treatment of gastritis, nausea, headaches, edema, beriberi and post-partum pains[147]. The partially ripe Euodia fruit is gathered in late summer and can be dried for later use[254]. The Wu Zhu Yu root bark is astringent and vermifuge[218]. Extracts of the Euodia plant show antiviral, antitumor and anti-inflammatory activity[218]. This species was ranked 14th in a Chinese survey of 250 potential antifertility plants[218].*


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Source: Euodia Ruticarpa Wu Zhu Yu Plants For A Future, England 1996-2008.
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In TCM Euodia Ruticarpa (Evodia Fructus) is used in the treatment of gastritis, nausea, headaches, edema, beriberi and post-partum pains.*

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