The Study of Seabuckthorn

Seabuckthorn (genus Hippophae) belongs to the family Elaeagnaceae. It is a hardy bush bearing yellow-orange berries. It grows naturally in the mountain and coastal areas of many Asian and European countries.

In historical records, Chinese people were the first to use seabuckthorn as a drug. More than a 1000 years ago it was recorded in a classical medical book; Sibu Yidian. Thirty chapters deal with the medicinal products of seabuckthorn, as well as 84 prescriptions use Seabuckthorn.

Hundreds of Asian traditional recipes have been developed and carried on through the generations.

During the last few decades, inspired by the long traditional use and the increasing public recognition of the benefits of natural products, scientists have carried out extensive research on sea buckthorn. Seabuckthorn medicinal and health products have advanced greatly.

A famous Tibetan doctor, Yu YUENDAN GONGBU (708-8xx?) first explored Seabuckthorn’s value to human health in the 8th century. For many centuries, the knowledge of the miraculous effects of Seabuckthorn has been mastered exclusively by the Tibetan and Mongolian people.

The Study of Seabuckthorn

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It has been estimated that there is enough Vitamin C in the berries of the Sea Buckthorn plants of the world to meet the dietary requirements of the entire human population.

China designated its Sea Buckthorn sports drinks “Shawikang” and “Jianibao” as the official beverages for its athletes at the Seoul Olympic games in 1988, and Russian cosmonauts also were supplied with Sea Buckthorn beverages, to enhance their health and resistance to stress.

Sea Buckthorn is reputed to have been the favored food of Pegasus, the winged, flying horse of Greek Mythology, commemorated by a large constellation in the Northern Hemisphere.

Its genus name Hippophae is classical Latin for “shining horse,” a name that was coined in ancient times after it was noted that feeding the leaves to horse improved their health and make their hair shiny.

China has estimated its annual soil loss due to erosion to be around 5 billion tons a year. The most promising tool to control land degradation in China is revegetation, and Sea Buckthorn is one of the species successfully used on a large scale.