4 Health Benefits of Blackberry Lily – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Blackberry Lily (scientific name: Iris domestica, also known as leopard lily, Belamcanda chinensis and leopard flower, Chinese Pinyin: Ye Gan, Simplified Chinese: 射干, 乌扇, 乌蒲, 黄远, 乌萐, 夜干), is a species of perennial flowering herbaceous plant in genus Iris (Iridaceae family). Found on forest edge, hillside and grassland in East Asia, the plant can grow up to 90 cm tall. The dried rhizome of Blackberry Lily is used as antipyretic, detoxicant, lump resolver, antiphlogistic, discutient, antitussive and expectorant in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as tonsillitis.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The dried rhizome of Blackberry Lily is considered to have bitter, cold and low toxicity properties and to be associated with the lung meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Blackberry Lily & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Anti-Cancer

Studies are underway to investigate the apparent potential of Blackberry Lily root against prostate cancer.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

Blackberry Lily root and Sophora tonkinensis are powdered and inhaled to treat sore throat.

Juice of Blackberry Lily root can be taken to treat abdominal dropsy (waterbelly).

3.3 Pharyngitis

Dried Blackberry Lily root can be kept in mouth to treat pharyngitis.

3.4 The Excretory System

Juice of Blackberry Lily root can be taken to treat chronic constipation and urinary obstruction.

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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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