4 Health Benefits of Forsythia Suspensa – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Forsythia suspensa (scientific name: Forsythia suspensa (Thunb.) Vahl, also known as weeping forsythia or golden-bell, Chinese Pinyin: Lian Qiao, Simplified Chinese: 连翘), is a species of flowering weeping shrub in genus Forsythia (Oleaceae family). Found in China and Japan (from between 250 to 2,200 metres in elevation), the plant can grow up to 3 meters tall. The roots, stem, leaves and fruits of Forsythia suspensa are used as antipyretic, detoxicant and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating various diseases and health problems, such as haemorrhoids and scrofula.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The stem and leaves of Forsythia suspensa are considered to have bitter, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the heart, liver and gallbladder meridians.

The root of Forsythia suspensa is considered to have bitter, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the heart, liver and gallbladder meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Forsythia Suspensa & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Cold, Flu, Fever And Coughing

A decoction of Hangzhou white chrysanthemum, mulberry leaves, Forsythia suspensa, wild mint and platycodon root is taken orally to treat wind-heat type common cold.

A decoction of Forsythia suspensa, radix sileris, licorice root (roasted) and gardenia jasminoides is taken orally to treat fever in infants and children.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

A decoction of dried rehmannia glutinosa rhizome, Forsythia suspensa, root of scutellaria baicalensis, ophiopogon japonicus root and scrophularia ningpoensis is taken orally to treat diphtheria (a potentially fatal contagious bacterial infection that mainly affects the nose and throat, and sometimes the skin).

A decoction of Forsythia suspensa, dandelion and Fritillaria bulbs can be used in treating acute mastitis and nodule in breast.

Forsythia suspensa, twig of Euonymus alatus, Dianthus superbus and licorice root (roasted) are powdered and taken to treat scrofula.

3.3 Skin Health

Powdered rhaponticum uniflorum root, Forsythia suspensa, fresh astragalus propinquus, agilawood and rheum officinale are taken with ginger soup to treat carbuncles on the back.

A decoction of Forsythia suspensa is taken to treat thrombocytopenic hemorrhagic purpura as well as retinal hemorrhage.

3.4 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders

Powdered rhaponticum uniflorum root, snake slough and Forsythia suspensa are taken with warm wine to treat plugged ducts and mastitis in women.

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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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