4 Health Benefits of Hosta Plantaginea – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Hosta plantaginea (scientific name: Hosta plantaginea (Lam.) Aschers, Chinese Pinyin: Yu Zan, Simplified Chinese: 玉簪, 玉春棒, 白鹤花, 玉泡花, 白玉簪, 白仙), is a species of perennial flowering and herbaceous plant in genus Hosta (Asparagaceae family). Found under the forest and on hillside (from between 0 to 2,200 meters in elevation) in China, the plant can grow up to 80 cm tall. The dried root of Hosta plantaginea is used as discutient, detoxicant and hemostatic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as Ehrlich ascites carcinoma.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The dried root of Hosta plantaginea is considered to have sweet, pungent, cold and toxic properties and to be associated with the heart and spleen meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Hosta Plantaginea & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Anti-Cancer

Animal experiments show that the extract of Hosta Plantaginea root has an inhibition effect on Ehrlich ascites cancer cells in term of significantly lowering the tumor activity level.

3.2 Skin Health

Smashed Hosta plantaginea root can be applied externally to treat painful and repeated lumps.

3.3 Acute Mastitis

Hosta plantaginea root mixed with wine can be applied externally to treat acute mastitis.

3.4 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders

Medicated soup with Hosta plantaginea root and pork can be taken orally to treat abnormal vaginal bleeding during pregnancy.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Overdose on Hosta plantaginea may result in poisoning.

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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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