4 Health Benefits of Campsis Grandiflora – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Campsis grandiflora (also known as Chinese trumpet vine, Chinese Pinyin: Zi Wei, Simplified Chinese: 紫葳, 中国霄, 凌霄花, 大花凌霄, 五爪龙, 红花倒水莲, 倒挂金钟, 上树龙, 堕胎花, 藤萝花), is a species of annual fast-growing, deciduous creeper with large, orange, trumpet-shaped flowers in genus Campsis (botanical bignonias family, Bignoniaceae). Native to East Asia, China and Japan, the root, stem, leaves and flower of Campsis grandiflora are used as hemostatic, antipruritic and emmenagogue in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as abnormal vaginal bleeding during pregnancy.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The root and flower of Campsis grandiflora are considered to have sour, mildly cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver meridians.

The stem and leaves of Campsis grandiflora are considered to have bitter, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Campsis Grandiflora & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Diabetes

A decoction of Campsis grandiflora flower is taken orally to treat diabetes.

3.2 Bleeding Stopping

Medicated wine with Campsis grandiflora flower is taken regularly to treat hematochezia (blood in stool).

3.3 Skin Health

Powdered Campsis grandiflora flower is taken with wine to treat pruritus.

Campsis grandiflora flower, earthworm (roasted), silkworm larva and scorpion are pounded and taken with warm wine to treat epidemics.

A decoction of Campsis grandiflora flower and leaves can be used externally to treat acne.

3.4 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders

Powdered Campsis grandiflora flower is taken with wine to treat abnormal vaginal bleeding during pregnancy as well as menstrual disorders.

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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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