4 Health Benefits of Foxtail Millet – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Foxtail millet (scientific name: Setaria italica, synonym Panicum italicum L., Chinese Pinyin: 白粱米, 白米; Simplified Chinese: Liang Mi), is a species of annual, flowering, erect, herbaceous plant in genus Setaria (grasses family, Poaceae). Originated in China and widely planted across the world, the plant can grow up to 200 cm tall. The seed of foxtail millet is used as tonic and heat-clearing drug in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as stroke.

Other names for the foxtail millet include dwarf setaria, foxtail bristle-grass, giant setaria, green foxtail, Italian millet, German millet, and Hungarian millet.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Foxtail millet is considered to have sweet and mildly cold properties and to be associated with the spleen and stomach meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Foxtail Millet & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Stroke

Foxtail millet porridge with spikes of nepeta cataria, mint leaf and fermented soybean can be an adjuvant treatment approach for patients with stroke.

3.2 Postpartum Debility And Weakness

A decoction of foxtail millet, pig kidney, fermented soybean, white onion, ginseng and Angelica sinensis is taken to treat postpartum debility and weakness.

3.3 Vomiting

Washing water of foxtail millet mixed with ginger juice is taken orally to treat vomiting related to stomach deficiency.

3.4 Acute Gastritis

Foxtail millet porridge is taken orally to treat acute gastritis.

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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