4 Health Benefits of Dysosma Versipellis – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Dysosma versipellis (Chinese Pinyin: Gui Jiu, Simplified Chinese: 鬼臼, 八角莲, 独脚莲, 独荷草, 山荷叶, 旱荷, 八角盘), is a species of perennial flowering plant in genus Dysosma (barberry family Berberidaceae). Found on hillside, shrubs, damp places and evergreen forest (from between 300 to 2,400 meters in elevation) in China, the plant can grow up to 150 cm tall. The dried root of Dysosma versipellis is used as antitussive, hemostatic and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as fever.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The dried root of Dysosma versipellis is considered to have bitter, pungent and neutral properties and to be associated with the lung, spleen and liver meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Dysosma Versipellis & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Fever

Medicated bitter wine with Dysosma versipellis leaves can be used in treating fever accompanied with ulcers.

3.2 Expel A Dead Fetus

A decoction of Dysosma versipellis root is taken orally to expel a dead fetus.

3.3 Stomachache

Medicated wine with Dysosma versipellis root is taken orally to relieve stomach ache.

3.4 Asthma

A decoction of Dysosma versipellis leaves, dried persimmon and brown sugar is taken orally to treat asthma.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for pregnant women and the infirm.

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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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