Dendrobium nobile (also known as Dendrobium nobile, Chinese Pinyin: Shi Hu, Simplified Chinese: 石斛, 林兰, 禁生, 杜兰, 仙斛兰韵, 金钗花, 千年润, 黄草), is a species of perennial flowering herbaceous plant in genus Dendrobium (botanical orchid family, Orchidaceae). Found in lowland and mountain forests, often on mossy limestone rocks (usually from between 480 to 1,700 meters in elevation) in southern China (including Tibet), the Himalayas (India, Bangladesh, Assam, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan), and Indochina (Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam), the plant can grow up to 60 cm tall. The rhizome of Dendrobium nobile is used as secretory, eyesight enhancer and heat-clearing drug in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as glaucoma.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The rhizome of Dendrobium nobile is considered to have sweet, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the stomach and kidney meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Dendrobium Nobile & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Improve Eyesight
Dendrobium nobile rhizome, Epimedium brevicornu and Atractylodes are powdered and taken with meal to treat glaucoma (an eye disease which can cause people to gradually go blind).
Fresh Dendrobium nobile rhizome juice is taken to treat dim vision.
3.2 Aid Digestion
A decoction of Dendrobium nobile rhizome can be used to treat loss of appetite and nausea related to stomach disorder.
3.3 Improve Kidney Function, Promote Vitality And Sexual Energy
Prescribed with other herbs, Dendrobium nobile rhizome can help to improve kidney function.
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.