3 Amazing Health Benefits of Malus Asiatica (Chinese Pearleaf Crabapple) – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description

What is a Malus asiatica? Malus asiatica (scientific name: Malus asiatica Nakai, also known as Chinese pearleaf crabapple, Chinese Pinyin: Lin Qin, Simplified Chinese: 林檎), is a species of small deciduous tree with light pink flower and apple shape small fruits (dia. 2.5-4cm) in genus Malus in the rose family, Rosaceae. The plant can grow up to 6 m tall. Native to China, habitats of Malus asiatica include hillsides and flatlands (usually from between 50 to 2,800 meters in elevation). Characteristics of Malus asiatica include adaptation to sandy land and ability to withstand cultivation at high altitudes.

Other simplified Chinese names for Malus asiatica include: 林禽, 花红, 花红果, 沙果, 频婆果, 文林郎果, 来禽, 文林果, 朱柰, 五色林檎, 联珠果, 蜜果, 五色柰.

How do Malus asiatica taste?

The Malus asiatica flavor is generally described as sweet, sour and crisp.

How Malus asiatica is used in traditional Chinese medicine?

The fruit of Malus asiatica is considered to have sour, sweet and warm properties and to be associated with the stomach and large intestine meridians.

It is used as digestion aid, antidiabetic drug and anti-diarrheal in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems.

This is what Malus asiatica look like. (Image source: baike.sogou.com)

2. Uses, Health Benefits of Malus Asiatica & Medical Formulas

2.1 Folic Acid

Folic acid is one of the B vitamins found in foods such as leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans, and peas. The compound is well known for its value in the prevention of certain birth defects. A large study also proved that women who consumed more folic acid had a significantly reduced risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) (medicinenet.com 2014).

2.2 Scrofula

[CTM Formula] Smashed Malus asiatica mixed with vinegar is applied externally to treat scrofula of the neck.

2.3 The Excretory System

[CTM Formula] A decoction of half ripe Malus asiatica fruits is taken orally to treat acute bacillary dysentery and diarrhea.

[CTM Formula] Juice extracted from boxthorn seeds and Malus asiatica fruits is taken orally to treat diarrhea in infants and children.

3. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions

Eating excessive Malus asiatica can cause negative consequences.

List of reference

medicinenet.com 2014 Folic Acid: The Benefits for Women (cont.) [online] link: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=41765&page=2

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.

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