4 Health Benefits of Cuscuta Chinensis – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Cuscuta chinensis (scientific name: Cuscuta chinensis Lam., Chinese Pinyin: Tu Si Zi, Simplified Chinese: 菟丝子, 菟缕, 菟, 菟芦丘, 赤纲, 玉女唐蒙, 火焰草, 野狐丝, 金线草), is a species of yellow, orange, or red (rarely green) annual parasitic plant in genus Cuscuta (morning glory family Convolvulaceae). Found in subtropical and tropical regions (usually from between 200 to 3,000 meters in elevation), the seeds of Cuscuta chinensis is used as tonic, anti-miscarriage drug, eyesight enhancer and antidiarrheal in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as impotence.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The seeds of Cuscuta chinensis is considered to have pungent, sweet, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver, kidney and spleen meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Cuscuta Chinensis & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Diabetes

A decoction of Cuscuta chinensis is taken orally to treat diabetes.

3.2 Enhance Vision

Pills made with Cuscuta chinensis seeds and egg white can be taken orally to treat dim vision related to impairment of the liver.

3.3 Gonorrhea

Pills made with Cuscuta chinensis seeds (cooked with wine), morinda officinalis, fructus psoraleae, pilos deer horn, Chinese yam and powdered gedanite can be taken orally to treat gonorrhea.

3.4 Improve Kidney Function, Promote Vitality And Sexual Energy

A decoction of dipsacus asper root, pilos deer horn, cistanche and Cuscuta chinensis seeds is taken to treat impotence, nocturnal emission and premature ejaculation.

A decoction of dipsacus asper root (9g), boxthorn seeds (9g), semen cuscutae (12g), roots of polygonatum (12g) and deer horn gelatin (12g) is widely used in treating male infertility. Normally, patients should be taking the herbal decoction for a consecutive period of 3 months.

Psoralea corylifolia seeds (fried), Semen Cuscutae (parboiled with wine), walnut kernels, mastic, myrrh, aquilaria sinensis (incense tree) and honey dare made into pills for oral taking to treat fatigue with excessive sweating.

Pills made with cnidium monnieri seeds, Schisandra chinensis, Semen Cuscutae and honey is taken orally with warm wine to treat impotence.

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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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