Lemmaphyllum microphyllum (scientific name: Lemmaphyllum microphyllum Presl, Chinese Pinyin: Luo Yan Cao, Simplified Chinese: 螺厣草, 镜面草, 飞龙鳞, 石耳垂, 石瓜子, 瓜子莲, 猫龙草), is a species of perennial, epiphytic herbaceous plant in genus Lemmaphyllum (botanical Polypodiaceae family). Found on trees and damp places and native to China, Lemmaphyllum microphyllum is used as heat-clearing drug, detoxicant, hemostatic (stops bleeding drug) and antitussive in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as haematemesis.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
Lemmaphyllum microphyllum is considered to have sweet, mildly bitter and cold properties and to be associated with the lung, liver and stomach meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Lemmaphyllum Microphyllum & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain
Smashed Lemmaphyllum microphyllum is applied externally to reduce swollen fingers.
3.2 Bleeding Stopping
Medicated wine with Lemmaphyllum microphyllum is taken orally to treat haematemesis and also help to stop nosebleed.
3.3 Skin Health
Powdered Lemmaphyllum microphyllum, calomel and sesame oil are mixed and applied externally to treat head sores.
3.4 Ear Health
Fresh Lemmaphyllum microphyllum is smashed and used as drops for ear pain and infection.
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.