4 Health Benefits of Impatiens Balsamina – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Impatiens balsamina (also known as garden balsam, garden jewelweed, rose balsam, spotted snapweed, touch-me-not, Chinese Pinyin: Feng Xian Hua, Simplified Chinese: 凤仙花, 金凤花, 小桃红, 夹竹桃, 金凤花, 灯盏花), is a species of annual flowering herbaceous plant in genus Impatiens (Balsaminaceae family). Native to southern Asia, the plant can grow up to 100 cm tall. Different parts of the plant are used in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as snake bites and skin burns.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The seeds of Impatiens balsamina is considered to have mildly bitter, warm and low toxicity properties and to be associated with the liver and lung meridians.

The flower of Impatiens balsamina is considered to have sweet, aperitive, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver and lung meridians.

The root and leaves of Impatiens balsamina are considered to have bitter, sweet, pungent and low toxicity properties and to be associated with the liver and lung meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Impatiens Balsamina & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Dysphagia

Pills made with Impatiens balsamina seeds (soaked in wine) and wine is taken orally with warm wine to treat dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing, caused by obstruction or spasm of the oesophagus).

3.2 Snake Bites

Smashed Impatiens balsamina flower is applied externally to treat snake bites.

3.3 Relieving Swelling

Smashed Impatiens balsamina leaves is applied externally to treat swelling at wounds.

3.4 Skin Health

Medicated bath with Impatiens balsamina flowers, platycladi seed, sodium sulfate and papaya can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis with frequent cramping in hands or wrists.

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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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