3 Health Benefits of Sword Beans – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Sword bean (scientific name: Canavalia gladiata, Chinese Pinyin: Dao Dou, Simplified Chinese: 刀豆), is a species of annual, domesticated, climbing, flowering, herbaceous legume in genus Canavalia (bean family, Fabaceae). Originated in tropical American region and the West Indies, the fruits are used as a vegetable in Africa and Asia. The seed of sword bean is used as tonic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as nasosinusitis.

Other simplified Chinese names for sword bean include: 挟剑豆, 野刀板藤, 葛豆, 刀豆角, 刀板豆, 刀豆子, 大刀豆.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The seed of sword bean is considered to have sweet, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the stomach and kidney meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Sword Beans & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Nasosinusitis

Ripe sword beans are baked and powdered for internal taking to treat nasosinusitis.

3.2 Umbilical Hernias

Powdered sword beans is taken orally with warm water to treat umbilical hernias (some babies are born with a weakness or opening in the abdominal muscles around the belly button).

3.3 Improve Kidney Function, Promote Vitality And Sexual Energy

Cooked pig’s kidney and sword beans are taken orally to treat kidney deficiency and promote vitality and sexual energy.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for people with stomach heat.

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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