3 Health Benefits of Giant Foxtails – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Giant foxtails (scientific name: Setaria faberii Herrm., also known as Japanese bristlegrass, nodding bristle-grass, Chinese foxtail, Chinese millet, giant bristlegrass, or nodding foxtail, Chinese Pinyin: Lang Wei Cao, Simplified Chinese: 狼尾草), is a species of annual grass of Asian origin in genus Setaria (grasses family, Poaceae). Found on hillsides, along the roadsides, in the fields and wilds, giant foxtails is used as heat-clearing drug, carminative and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as toothache.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Giant foxtails is considered to have sweet and neutral properties and to be associated with the spleen meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Giant Foxtails & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Infant Anorexia

Medicated soup with pork liver and giant foxtails is taken orally to treat infant anorexia (feeding disorders which occurs occasionally in children from 0-3years).

3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

Medicated soup with giant foxtail root and eggs is taken orally to relieve toothache.

3.3 Skin Health

A decoction of giant foxtail grains and rice wine is taken orally to treat rubella with red rash.

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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