4 Health Benefits of Paris Polyphylla – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Paris polyphylla (Chinese Pinyin: Zao Xiu, Simplified Chinese: 蚤休, 七叶一枝花, 七叶莲), is a species of perennial flowering and herbaceous plant in genus Paris (Melanthiaceae family). Found on mountainous hillsides, forest and wetlands and native to China, the Indian Subcontinent, and Indochina, the plant can grow up to 90 cm tall. The root of Paris polyphylla is used as antipyretic, detoxicant, antiasthmatic, antitussive and sedative in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as febrile convulsion in infants and children.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The dried root of Paris polyphylla is considered to have bitter, mildly cold and low-to-medium toxicity properties and to be associated with the heart, lung, liver, stomach and large intestine meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Paris Polyphylla & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Internal Bleeding

Paris polyphylla root (soaked in urine of boys under ten for 50 days) is dried and pounded into powder for oral taking to help stop internal bleeding, or internal hemorrhage.

3.2 Snake Bites

Smashed Paris polyphylla root mixed with sweet wine is applied externally to treat snake bites.

3.3 Pharyngitis

Powdered Paris polyphylla rhizome can be taken orally to treat pharyngitis.

3.4 Skin Health

Paris polyphylla root, realgar, cinnabar and white spirit are pounded and mixed for external application to treat herpes (a common virus that causes sores on genitals and/or mouth).

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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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