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The dried fruits (strobiles) of Humulus lupulus (family Moraceae), a climbing herb of central and northern Asia, Europe, and North America; an aromatic bitter, mildly sedative, and a diuretic; primarily used in the brewing industry for giving aroma and flavor to beer.
A perennial vine that contains amino acids, flavonoids, glycosides (astralagin, quercitrin, rutin) and various other compounds, such as citral, geraniol, humulone, linionine, lupulone, serolidol and bitter resin. Hops are anti-bacterial (due to humulone and lupulone), mildly sedative, and have been used for insomnia, to relax smooth muscle and, in combination with other herbs, to treat irritable bowel syndrome.