3 Health Benefits of Coltsfoot Flower – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Coltsfoot flower (scientific name: Tussilago farfara L., Chinese Pinyin: Kuan Dong Hua, Simplified Chinese: 款冬花), is a species of perennial flowering and herbaceous plant in genus Tussilago (Asteraceae family). Found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia, the plant can grow up to 30 cm tall. The flower of the plant act as expectorant, depurative and antitussive in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases and health problems including asthma and anal fistula.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The flower of coltsfoot is considered to have pungent, slightly sweet and warm properties and to be associated with the lung meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Coltsfoot Flower & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Chronic Coughing

A decoction of aster tataricus flower, coltsfoot flower and the tuber of stemona is taken to treat chronic coughing.

3.2 Asthma

A decoction of aster tataricus flower can be taken regularly to treat asthma.

3.3 Skin Health

Powdered coltsfoot flower and rhizomes of coptis chinensis is used externally in treating mouth sores.

Powdered coltsfoot flower is applied externally to treat anal fistula.

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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