4 Health Benefits of Fallopia Japonica – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Fallopia japonica (also known as Reynoutria japonica, Asian knotweed or Japanese knotweed, Chinese Pinyin: Hu Zhang, Simplified Chinese: 虎杖, 花斑竹, 酸筒杆, 酸汤梗、斑杖根、黄地榆 ), is a species of perennial, flowering and herbaceous plant in genus Fallopia (Polygonaceae family). Found in East Asia, North America and Europe, the plant can grow up to 4 meters tall. The rhizome and roots of Fallopia japonica are used as antipyretic, detoxicant, diuretic and stasis-eliminating drug in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as jaundice and amenorrhea (abnormal absence of menstruation).

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Fallopia japonica is considered to have mildly bitter and mildly cold properties and to be associated with the liver, gallbladder and lung meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Fallopia Japonica & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Jaundice

A decoction of Fallopia japonica root, artemisia capillaris, gardenia jasminoides and bark of phellodendron amurense can be taken orally to treat jaundice related to internal damp-heat.

3.2 Skin Health

Smashed Fallopia japonica root can be applied externally to treat painful and repeated lumps of pus.

In case of cold sores/fever blisters, after bathing in water containing Fallopia japonica root, peas and licorice root, external application of soapstone powder can help to treat the blisters.

3.3 Pain Relieving

Fallopia japonica root is a major herb used in warming meridians and relieve pain; a decoction of Fallopia japonica root, radix sileris, rhizome of cocculus orbiculatus, notopterygium root and the bark of ash can be taken orally to relieve arthralgia (joint pain) and myalgia (muscle pain).

3.4 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders

A decoction of processed Fallopia japonica root, sweet potato and the root of bidentate achyranthes is taken orally to treat amenorrhea (abnormal absence of menstruation) accompanied with abdominal bloating.

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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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