4 Health Benefits of Ophiopogon Japonicus – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Ophiopogon japonicus (also known as dwarf lilyturf, mondograss, fountainplant, monkeygrass, Chinese: Mai Men Dong, 麦门冬, 麦冬), a species of flowering herb in genus Ophiopogon (Asparagaceae family). Found in China, India, Japan, and Vietnam, the plant can grow up to 40 cm tall. The root of ophiopogon japonicus acts as antitussive, aperitive, secretory and sedative in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including hematemesis, diabetes, insomnia and constipation.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The dried root of ophiopogon japonicus is considered to have sweet, neutral and non-toxic properties and to be associated with the stomach, lung and heart meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Ophiopogon Japonicus & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Diabetes

Pills made with root of ophiopogon japonicus (soaked in bitter gourd juice) and rhizomes of coptis chinensis is taken orally after meal to treat diabetes.

3.2 Diarrhea

A decoction of root of ophiopogon japonicus and fructus mume is taken to treat diarrhea.

3.3 Bleeding Stopping

Juice of ophiopogon japonicus root and honey is taken orally to stop nosebleeds.

A decoction of ophiopogon japonicus root is used as a mouth wash to treat bleeding gums.

3.4 Skin Health

Pills made with root of ophiopogon japonicus, rhizomes of coptis chinensis and honey is taken to treat throat abscess.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Patients with cold-type diarrhea should avoid taking medicine that contains root of ophiopogon japonicus.

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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