3 Health Benefits of Stemona Japonica – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Stemona japonica (Chinese Pinyin: Bai Bu, Simplified Chinese: 百部, 婆妇草, 野天门冬) is a species of perennial, flowering, herbaceous vines in genus Stemona (Stemonaceae family). Found on hillside, roadside and under the forest (from between 300 to 400 meters in elevation) and native to China, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Papuasia, and northern Australia, the tuberous root of Stemona japonica is used as antitussive, expectorant and tonic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as chronic coughing.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The tuberous root of Stemona japonica is considered to have sweet, mildly warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the lung meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Stemona Japonica & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Coughing

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

3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

Fresh Stemona japonica root is smashed and mixed with wine, the mixture is applied externally to treat swelling.

3.3 Head Louse

A decoction of Stemona japonica root can be used externally to kill head louse.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Simultaneous use of Stemona japonica root and Asparagus cochinchinensis root (天冬) is NOT recommended.

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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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