4 Health Benefits of Equisetum Hyemale – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Equisetum Hyemale (also known as rough horsetail, scouring rush, scouringrush horsetail and snake grass, Chinese: Mu Zei, 木贼, 千峰草, 锉草, 笔头草, 笔筒草, 接骨草, 马人参), a species of perennial plant in genus Equisetum (Equisetaceae family). Found in North America, Europe, and northern Asia (from between sea level to 2,530 metres in elevation), the stem of Equisetum Hyemale acts as hemostatic, antidiarrheal and depurative in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including dysentery, rectal prolapse, painful fetal movement and hernia in small intestine.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The stem of equisetum hyemale is considered to have sweet, slightly bitter and non-toxic properties and to be associated with the liver and lung meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Equisetum Hyemale & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Gynecologic Diseases and Disorders

A decoction of stem of equisetum hyemale, root of nutgrass and sodium sulfate is taken to treat bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods.

A decoction of stem of equisetum hyemale (fried) is taken to cope with prolonged menstrual period.

3.2 The Digestive System

Powdered equisetum hyemale is taken with repeatedly boiled water or warm wine to treat hernia in small intestine.

A decoction of stem of equisetum hyemale can be used in treating dysentery (diarrhea with red grains).

Ash of equisetum hyemale is taken with normal water to treat throat impediment as well as blood in stool.

Stem of equisetum hyemale, bitter orange, dried ginger and rheum officinale are fried and pounded for internal taking to stop bleeding caused by internal hemorrhoids.

Calcined and powdered equisetum hyemale is used externally to rectify rectal prolapse.

3.3 Eye Health

Pills made with equisetum hyemale, atractylodes (soaked in washing water of rice) and honey is taken orally to treat persistent watery eyes (epiphora).

3.4 Pregnancy

A decoction of equisetum hyemale and Sichuan lovage rhizome is taken to relieve abnormal and painful fetal movement.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

People with deficiency of vital energy (qi) should avoid using medicine that contains equisetum hyemale.

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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