Rabdosia Rubescens

Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Bing Ling Cao, Blushred Rabdosia, Dong Ling Cao, Isodon rubescens, Lui Yue Ling, Po Xue Cao, Rubescens, Sui Mi Ya.


Rabdosia rubescens is an herb. The whole plant is used to make medicine.

People take Rabdosia rubescens for an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) and cancer, including prostate cancer.

How does it work?

Developing research suggests chemicals in Rabdosia rubescens might harm cancer cells and might also keep them from multiplying.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Rabdosia rubescens for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

There isn't enough information to know if Rabdosia rubescens is safe or what side effects may occur.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Rabdosia rubescens during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of Rabdosia rubescens depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Rabdosia rubescens. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Ikezoe T, Yang Y, Bandobashi, et al. Oridonin, a diterpenoid purified from Rabdosia rubescens, inhibits the proliferation of cells from lymphoid malignancies in association with blockade of the NF-kappa B signal pathways. Mol Cancer Ther 2005;4:578-86. View abstract.

Liu JJ, Huang RW, Lin DJ, et al. Anti-proliferative effects of oridonin on SPC-A-1 cells and its mechanism of action. J Int Med Res 2004;32:617-25. View abstract.

Meade-Tollin LC, Wijeratne EM, Cooper D, et al. Ponicidin and oridonin are responsible for the antiangiogenic activity of Rabdosia rubescens, a constituent of the herbal supplement PC SPES. J Nat Prod 2004;67:2-4. View abstract.