4 Health Benefits of Eleusine Coracana – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Eleusine coracana (also known as finger millet, Chinese Pinyin: Can Zi, Simplified Chinese: 穇子, 参子, 龙爪粟, 鸭爪稗), is a species of annual erect flowering cereal crop in genus Eleusine (grasses family, Poaceae). Native to the Ethiopian and Ugandan highlands, the plant can grow up to 120 cm tall. The seeds of Eleusine coracana is used as tonic and stomachic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as high blood pressure.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Eleusine coracana is considered to have sweet, astringent and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the spleen, stomach, lung and large intestine meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Eleusine Coracana & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Anti-Aging

Eleusine coracana has favorable micronutrient contents (selenium, strontium, iron, lithium and germanium) as well as nineteen amino acids and vitamins, it can help to slow the aging process.

3.2 Food Recommended For Babies

Eleusine coracana is especially rich in plant calcium, it is recommended as food for baby consumption (6 months or above).

3.3 High Blood Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure And High Blood Sugar

Boiled water with Eleusine coracana, Portulaca oleracea and green tea is taken daily to treat high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

3.4 Diarrhea In Infants

A decoction of old Eleusine coracana is used in treating diarrhea in infants.

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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