3 Health Benefits of Selaginella Tamariscina – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Selaginella tamariscina (scientific name: Selaginella tamariscina (Beauv.) Spring, Chinese Pinyin: Juan Bai, Simplified Chinese: 卷柏, 万岁, 长生不死草石柏, 岩柏草, 老虎爪, 长生草), is a species of resurrective vascular plants in genus Selaginella (botanical Selaginellaceae family). Found on rocks and hillsides (usually from between 500 to 1,500 meters in elevation) in Asia and Siberia areas of Russia, the plant can grow up to 20 cm tall. Selaginella tamariscina is used as blood circulation promoter, emmenagogue, stasis-eliminating drug and hemostatic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as large intestine bleeding.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Selaginella tamariscina is considered to have pungent, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver and heart meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Selaginella Tamariscina & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

Smashed Selaginella tamariscina mixed with vegetable oil is applied externally to heal wounds.

3.2 Stopping Bleeding

Ash of Selaginella tamariscina, Platycladus orientalis and Trachycarpus fortunei is taken with wine to stop bleeding of large intestine.

3.3 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders

A decoction of Selaginella tamariscina, angelica sinensis, white atractylodes rhizome, tree peony root bark, peony root and Sichuan lovage rhizome is taken orally to treat amenorrhea (abnormal absence of menstruation).

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for pregnant women.

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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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