Brasenia schreberi (Chinese: Lu Kui, 露葵, 滑菜), a species of a perennial aquatic plant with floating, peltate leaves and rhizomatous stems in genus Brasenia (Cabombaceae family). Found in North America, the West Indies, northern South America, eastern Asia, Australia, the Indian Subcontinent, and parts of Africa, the plant can grow up to 40 cm tall. The seeding of Brasenia schreberi acts as depurative, aperitive, antibacterial, antiphlogistic and ocyodinic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including acute mastitis, diabetes and certain skin diseases.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The seedling of Brasenia schreberi is considered to have sweet, abortive and non-toxic properties and to be associated with the liver meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Brasenia Schreberi & Medical Formulas:
Animal experiments showed that polysaccharose extracted from Brasenia schreberi has inhibitory effects on certain tumors and can reduce the rate of cancerization of lymphocytes.
3.2 Preventing Hepatitis
Brasenia schreberi is rich in vitamin B12 which is necessary for cell growth, it can be clinically useful for the prevention and treatment of pernicious anemia, megaloblastic anemia, hepatitis and cirrhosis and other diseases.
3.3 Preventing Hyperactivity
Brasenia schreberi is also rich in zinc and can help to prevent hyperactivity.
A decoction of Brasenia schreberi root is taken orally to treat diabetes.
3.5 Boosting Immune System
An acidic heteropolysaccharide extracted from Brasenia schreberi not only can increases the weight of immune organs – spleen, but also can significantly promote macrophage phagocytosis of foreign matter; therefore it is an excellent immune enhancer and can enhance the body’s immune function and prevent a number of diseases.
3.6 Skin Health
A decoction of Brasenia schreberi seedling is taken to treat skin ulcers.
Powdered Brasenia schreberi seedling is taken with wine to treat acute mastitis.
3.8 The Excretory System
Brasenia schreberi root juice and fresh ginger is taken orally to treat constipation and urinary obstruction.
3.9 Gynecologic Diseases and Disorders
A decoction of Brasenia schreberi seedling and sodium sulfate is taken orally to treat extended lochia.
A decoction of Brasenia schreberi seedling and the root of bidentate achyranthes is used in treating the retention of placenta.
3.10 Expediting Delivery
A decoction of Brasenia schreberi seedling can be used to expedite delivery and treat difficult labour.
The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.
The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.
Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.