China is a world’s leading producer, consumer and exporter of hypericum perforatum extracts. Hypericum perforatum is mainly planted in hillsides, roadsides and ridge of field or weeds of Shandong Province, Hebei Province, Shaanxi Province, Jiangsu Province, Sichuan Province and Guizhou Province. In 2015, the total import and export value of Chinese plant extracts was USD 21.63 billion, increasing by 21.71% YOY. The huge market demand and development potentials of plant extracts promote the great progress of plant extracts. The North American market (mainly the U.S.) is the most important export destination of Chinese plant extracts. Meanwhile, the U.S. is the vane of the world’s plant extracts for medical care, of which the changes of its market demand will directly affect other markets around the world. Presently, plant extracts exported to the U.S. account for 20%-30% of the total export volume, of which the major species include ginkgo, hypericum perforatum, soybean, ginseng, etc.
As the safe neural nutrition, hypericum perforatum extracts can be used for the prevention and cure of depression, regulating affective disturbance and emotional disorders, relieving stress and depression, the restoration of confidence and improving sleep. Hypericin, the effective ingredient extracted from hypericum perforatum, is significantly resistant to DNA, RNA virus, which can be directly applied to prevent the virus DNA of avian influenza, swine fever and foot-and-mouth disease from replicating and reproducing.