4 Health Benefits of Datura Stramonium – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Datura stramonium (scientific name: Datura stramonium Linn., also known as jimsonweed, Devil’s snare, hell’s bells, devil’s trumpet, devil’s weed, tolguacha, Jamestown weed, stinkweed, locoweed, pricklyburr, and devil’s cucumber; Chinese Pinyin: Man Tuo Luo, Simplified Chinese: 曼陀罗, 曼荼罗, 满达, 曼扎), is a species of foul-smelling, erect, annual, freely branching herbaceous plant in genus Datura (nightshades family Solanaceae). Found in the fields, along the roadsides, on stream banks and hillsides in warm and moderate regions around the world, the plant can grow up to 150 cm tall. The leaves, seeds and flower of Datura stramonium are used as carminative, antiasthmatic, analgesic and antispasmodic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as prolapse of anus.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Datura stramonium is considered to have pungent, warm and toxic properties and to be associated with the lung and liver meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Datura Stramonium & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Disease of Respiratory System

Though Datura stramonium is poisonous, scopolamine extracted from the plant can be used as antispasmodic, sedative and anesthetic with significant effects in treating respiratory failure, pulmonary edema, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and other respiratory distress.

3.2 Cardiovascular disease

Clinical practices proved that scopolamine extracted from Datura stramonium is effective in helping with heart failure, ventricular arrhythmia, angina and high blood pressure, in particular it has an effective rate of 100% on treatment of ventricular arrhythmia.

3.3 Rectal Prolapse

A decoction of Datura stramonium, chestnut and sodium sulfate can be used externally to treat rectal prolapse.

3.4 Anesthetic

Datura stramonium flower and Cannabis sativa flower are powdered and taken with wine to act as anesthetic.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Overdose on Datura stramonium will lead to poisoning.

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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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