3 Health Benefits of Pyrrosia Lingua – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Pyrrosia lingua (scientific name: Pyrrosia lingua (Thunb.) Farwell, Chinese Pinyin: Shi Wei, Simplified Chinese: 石韦, 石革, 石皮, 石兰, 石苇), is a species of herbaceous epiphytic fern in genus Pyrrosia (polypod ferns family, Polypodiaceae). Found in low-elevation forest, tree trunks, rocks (usually from between 100 to 1,800 meters in elevation) in Asia (China, India, Vietnam, North Korea and Japan), the plant can grow up to 30 cm tall. Pyrrosia lingua is used as diuretic, heat-clearing drug and dampness-dispelling drug in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as urinary tract infections (UTI).

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Pyrrosia lingua is considered to have bitter, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the lung and bladder meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Pyrrosia Lingua & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Cold, Flu, Fever And Coughing

Pyrrosia lingua and betel nut are powdered and taken orally with ginger soup to treat lung-heat caused coughing.

3.2 The Excretory System

A decoction of Pyrrosia lingua powder and Solanum melongena stem is taken orally to treat hematochezia (blood in stool).

Pyrrosia lingua and soapstone are powdered and taken orally with water to treat urinary tract infections (UTI).

3.3 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders

Powdered Pyrrosia lingua is taken with warm wine to treat bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for people with deficiency of yin.

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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