Product Name: Ligustrum Extract
L. lucidum is native to China (Csurhes and Edwards, 1998; Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015). It has been introduced around the world for its ornamental purposes and use in hedges. It has since naturalized in a number of countries and there are records of this species on all continents except Antarctica.
L. lucidum can grow well in environments with high pollutant levels which makes it a good ornamental species for urban areas and a bioindicator of pollutants in cities (McGregor, 2000; Oliva and Valdés, 2004). The fruit (Nuzhenzi) is commonly used in the traditional Chinese medicine as a kidney tonic (Lin et al., 2007; Flora of China Editorial Committee, 2015). They are also used to cure fatigue and treat dropsy (Wiart, 2012). The anti-inflammatory properties and the inhibition of certain tumours from fruit extracts has been confirmed in rodents (An et al., 2007; Lin et al., 2007). In addition to this, the leaves are used to heal abscesses, cold, congestions and headaches (Wiart, 2012).