Euchresta japonica (scientific name: Euchresta japonica Regel, Chinese Pinyin: Shan Dou Gen, Simplified Chinese: 山豆根, 解毒, 黄结, 广豆根, 苦豆根, 山大豆根), is a species of flowering herbaceous shrub in genus Euchresta (Fabaceae family). Found in valley or hillside jungle (from between 800 to 1,350 meters in elevation) in China and Japan, the root of Euchresta japonica is used as antipyretic, detoxicant and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as dysentery and migraine.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The root of Euchresta japonica is considered to have sweet, cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the lung and stomach meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Euchresta Japonica & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Jaundice in Adults – Liver and Gallbladder Disorders
Powdered Euchresta japonica root is taken with water to treat jaundice (an illness that makes skin and eyes become yellow) related to liver and gallbladder disorders.
3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain
Powdered Euchresta japonica root is taken with wine to treat abdominal edema.
Powdered Euchresta japonica root mixed with vegetable oil is applied externally to relieve migraine.
Euchresta japonica root is to be kept in mouth to relieve swollen gums.
Powdered Euchresta japonica root mixed with vinegar is to be kept in mouth to treat peritonsillar abscess.
3.3 Skin Health
Powdered Euchresta japonica root mixed with lard oil can be used externally to treat scabies.
3.4 The Excretory System
Pills made with Euchresta japonica root and honey is taken orally to treat dysentery and severe diarrhea with mucus or blood in the feces.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
Administration with caution for people with spleen and stomach deficiency.
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.