3 Health Benefits of Eriocaulon Sexangulare – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Eriocaulon sexangulare (scientific name: Eriocaulon sexangulare L., also known as Six-angular Pipewort, Southern Pipewort, Chinese Pinyin: Gu Jing Can, Simplified Chinese: 谷精草, 挖耳朵草, 珍珠草, 戴星草, 文星草, 流星草), is a species of annual herbaceous plant in genus Eriocaulon (Eriocaulaceae family). Native to China, the flower of Eriocaulon sexangulare is used as antipyretic and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating diseases and health problems including macula of retina and nosebleed.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The flower of Eriocaulon sexangulare is considered to have pungent, sweet and neutral properties and to be associated with the lung and liver meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Eriocaulon Sexangulare & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Vision

A goat lung cooked with Eriocaulon sexangulare flower is taken orally to treat nyctalopia (night blindness).

A pork liver cooked with Eriocaulon sexangulare flower and sea-ear shell can be used for food to help remove macula of retina.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Powdered Eriocaulon sexangulare flower mixed with rice paste is applied externally to relieve migraine.

Eriocaulon sexangulare flower and mastic are powdered and smoked to relieve pain in the forehead and eyebrow.

3.3 Bleeding Stopping

Powdered Eriocaulon sexangulare is taken orally with hot soup to stop nosebleed.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for people with kidney deficiency.

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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