A Fragrant Chinese Herbal Medicine

- Chinabox Jasminorange ( Murraya paniculata(Linn.) Jack)

Fruits of Chinabox Jasminorange

Chinabox jasminorange is a kind of short shrub or small arbor, and it also has many other names. It originates in Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian and Yunnan. Now it is widely planted in all provinces in the south of the Yangtze River. Abroad it mainly scatters in India, Japan, and Malaysia, etc. The florescence of Chinabox jasminorange is from summer to autumn. Though its flowers are small, their numbers are many. The flower pedals are pure white, and the aroma of the flower spreads all around. After flowering, the plant is quite fruitful with fruits as big as beans. The unripe ones are green, while the ripe ones are red; both the flower and the fruits have very high ornamental value. Besides, Chinabox jasminorange plant is green all the year round with luxuriant branches and leaves; therefore, it is often planted in parks, squares, and community districts, or in front of office buildings. It is often cut into shapes such as a square, a tower, a ball or a cup, which can give people a lot of amusement. 

Flowers of Chinabox Jasminorange

The flowers, leaves and fruits of Chinabox jasminorange all contain 25% oil, which can be used to make essence and eligible essences. Its leaves can be used as cooking spices. Its branches can be used as a medicine, which has the effects of killing pains and invigorating the blood; therefore, it can also be used to treat stomachache and rheumatic; for external use, it can cure toothache and biting wounds by snakes and poisonous insects. A famous medicine, San Jiu Wei Tai, which was originally a scientific result of the First Surgeon University and won the award of the PLA Scientific Result, has close relations with Chinabox jasminorange. Its major ingredients are San Ya Ku in Chinese and Jiu Li Xiang in Chinese (Chinabox jasminorange), for which it is called San Jiu Wei Tai. It is manufactured into a dosage by Shenzhen Nanfang Pharmaceutical Factory, which brings forth many benefits for the patients. The wood of Chinabox jasminorange tree is hard and dense, and can be made into fine craftworks. 

Buds of Chinabox Jasminorange

China has a long-standing history in planting Chinabox jasminorange as miniascapes. At least 400 years ago, according to the folk customs of Guangdong, every family planted Chinabox jasminorange; what is more, they kept old and strong miniascapes of more than 100 years. Up to the present, Chinabox jasminorange is still a major plant for making southern China miniascapes.