Eucommia is one of the main ingredients in FlameEz-Bone and FlameEz-BP. Eucommia was the second herb ever described in a written text on herbs and medicine in China. More than 2,000 years ago, the emperor Shen Nung described Eucommia in his classic Shennong Bencao Jing (Book of Herbs) as a superior herb that could prolong life. It is considered to be one of the great longevity tonics of Chinese tonic herbalism. It provides both yin and yang energy and ameliorates dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, and chest discomfort. In modern medicine, Eucommia has been found to contain hypotensive compounds and help regulate blood pressure.

The main constituents of Cortex Eucommiae include aucubin, genipin, pinoresinol diglucoside, and chlorogenic acid. Other phytochemicals includes polyphenols, terpenes, amino acids, and minerals.

Based on published scientific and clinical research, Eucommia:

Enhances the phagocytic action of white blood cells*
Balances inflammatory responses and the immune system*
Reduces blood pressure and eases tension and headaches*
Inhibits osteoclast proliferation and strengthen bones*
Has a dilatory action on vascular musculature*
Promotes the functions of the endocrine system*
Promotes healing and sexual function*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Reference (for abstracts and additional references, click here):

Cheung SC. et al. Antioxidant protection of edible oils. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition. 62(1):39-42, 2007
Lee MK. et al. Du-zhong (Eucommia ulmoides Oliv.) cortex water extract alters heme biosynthesis and erythrocyte antioxidant defense system in lead-administered rats. Journal of Medicinal Food. 8(1):86-92, 2005
Lang C. et al. Effect of Eucommia ulmoides on systolic blood pressure in the spontaneous hypertensive rat. American Journal of Chinese Medicine. 33(2):215-30, 2005.
Ho JN. et al. Protective effects of aucubin isolated from Eucommia ulmoides against UVB-induced oxidative stress in human skin fibroblasts. Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin. 28(7):1244-8, 2005
Ho JN. et al. Inhibitory effect of Aucubin isolated from Eucommia ulmoides against UVB-induced matrix metalloproteinase-1 production in human skin fibroblasts. Bioscience, Biotechnology & Biochemistry. 69(11):2227-31, 2005
Kwan CY. et al. Endothelium-dependent vascular relaxation induced by Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. bark extract is mediated by NO and EDHF in small vessels. Naunyn-Schmiedebergs Archives of Pharmacology. 369(2):206-11, 2004
Ha H. et al. Effects of Eucommiae Cortex on osteoblast-like cell proliferation and osteoclast inhibition. Archives of Pharmacal Research. 26(11):929-36, 2003
Kwan CY. et al. Endothelium-dependent vasorelaxant effects of the aqueous extracts of the Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. leaf and bark: implications on their antihypertensive action. Vascular Pharmacology. 40(5):229-35, 2003
Hsieh CL. et al. Antioxidant actions of du-zhong (Eucommia ulmoides Oliv.) toward oxidative damage in biomolecules. Life Sciences. 66(15):1387-400, 2000.
Yen GC. et al. Reactive oxygen species scavenging activity of Du-zhong (Eucommia ulmoides oliv.) and its active compounds. Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry. 48(8):3431-6, 2000.