4 Health Benefits of Entada Phaseoloides – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Entada phaseoloides (scientific name: Entada phaseoloides (L.) Merr., also known as St. Thomas bean and box bean, Chinese Pinyin: Xiang Dou, Simplified Chinese: 象豆, 盍藤子, 盍子, 合子, 榼藤子), is a species of perennial flowering lianas (woody vine) in genus Entada (botanical bean family, Fabaceae). Found in lowland coastal forests of Africa, Australia, Asia and the Western Pacific, the plant are usually associated with waterways and seeds are widely dispersed by oceanic currents. The seed of Entada phaseoloides is used as analgesic, bactericide and hemostatic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as sore throat.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The seed of Entada phaseoloides is considered to have astringent, sweet, neutral and toxic properties and to be associated with the stomach, liver and large intestine meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Entada Phaseoloides & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Anticancer

Saponin extracted from Entada phaseoloides seeds can effectively protect cell membrane and prevent cell aging, dilate blood vessels, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, improve liver cell protein and DNA synthesis, and most importantly it can significantly inhibit the growth of cervical cancer.

3.2 Bactericide

Entada phaseoloides seeds can help to kill amoeboid with significant sterilant effect.

3.3 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

Powdered Entada phaseoloides seeds (calcined) is taken orally to treat sore throat.

3.4 Bleeding Stopping

Powdered Entada phaseoloides seeds (calcined) is taken with congee to stop bleeding caused by hemorrhoids.

Entada phaseoloides seed and honey locust seed are roasted and powdered, the powder is taken with warm wine to treat gastrointestinal bleeding.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Entada phaseoloides seed has toxic effect and may cause hemolysis in mammals, overdose may lead to respiratory failure.

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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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