Objectives : As for the effect of Polygonum multiflorum on malaria treatment, this study analyzed the characteristics of Herenyin use in Korea and the contents mentioned in major Herbs books of the past.
Methods : This study searched, collected and analyzed in the literature and data DB including the contents in herbs books on the treatment of malaria with Polygonum multiflorum, and the contents of various medical books about Herenyin used in Korea, etc.
Results :Since Ming and Qing dynasties, Polygonum multiflorum was used mainly for patients with malaria, whose vitality gets weakened with time. Such effects are described in numerous Herbs books. Herenyin, consisting of major medicinal materials of Polygonum multiflorum and ginseng, was also frequently used in malaria treatment in Korea in late Joseon, rather than in China since it was listed in "Jingyuequanshu".
Conclusions : Based on the mechanism studies of Polygonum multiflorum with malaria treatment effects and the study of malaria treatment medication including Polygonum multiflorum, it is hoped that the development of new therapies for complete eradication of malaria will be made in the future.