Euphorbia lathyris (scientific name: Euphorbia lathylris L, also known as caper spurge, paper spurge, gopher spurge, gopher plant or mole plant; Chinese Pinyin: Xu Sui Zi, Simplified Chinese: 续随子, 千金子, 千两金, 菩萨豆, 拒冬, 联步), is a species of biennial (having a two-year life cycle) flowering plant in genus Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae family). Native to southern Europe (France, Italy, Greece, northwest Africa, and eastward through southwest Asia to western China, the plant can grow up to 150 cm tall. The stem, leaves and seeds of Euphorbia lathyris are used as aperitive, sedative, analgesic, antibacterial and anticancer drug in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as difficulty with urination and edema.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
Euphorbia lathyris is considered to have warm and toxic properties and to be associated with the liver meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Euphorbia Lathyris & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Difficulty With Urination
Euphorbia lathyris seeds, yellow lead and honey can be processed into pills for oral taking to treat difficulty with urination.
3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain
Powdered Euphorbia lathyris seeds is taken orally to cause diarrhea and treat edema (swelling caused by fluid retention).
3.3 Snake Bites
Powdered Euphorbia lathyris seeds mixed with saliva is applied externally to treat snake bites.
According to the preliminary tests, fresh Euphorbia lathyris has mild inhibitory effect on Leukemia cells.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
All parts of the plant, including the seeds and roots are poisonous. Handling may cause skin irritation as the plant produces latex.
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.