4 Health Benefits of Physalis Alkekengi – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Physalis alkekengi (also known as bladder cherry, Chinese lantern, Japanese-lantern, strawberry groundcherry, or winter cherry, Chinese: Suan Jiang, 酸浆, 红菇娘, 灯笼草, 灯笼果, 洛神珠), a species of perennial flowering plant in genus Physalis (Solanaceae family). Found in Southern Europe to South Asia and Japan, the plant can grow up to 0.6 meter tall. The seedling, roots, stem, leaves, fruits and seeds of Physalis alkekengi act as antipyretic, detoxicant, diuretic, antihypertensive and cardiotonic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including sore throat, aplastic anemia and haemorrhoids.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The seedling, roots, stem, leaves and fruits of Physalis alkekengi is considered to have bitter, cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the lung and spleen meridians.

The seeds of Physalis alkekengi is considered to have sour, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the lung and spleen meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Physalis Alkekengi & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Powdered Physalis alkekengi leaves is taken orally to treat sore throat.

3.2 Skin Health

A decoction of Physalis alkekengi root is taken to treat jaundice.

Smashed Physalis alkekengi leaves is applied externally to treat haemorrhoids.

Smashed Physalis alkekengi fruits can be applied on affected part to treat malignant boils.

3.3 Aplastic Anemia

Physalis alkekengi is a delicious fruit, it is rich in Vitamin C and beta-carotene; it also contains over 20 kinds of mineral elements and 18 kinds of amino acids needed by human body. It can be used for food to treat aplastic anemia.

3.4 The Digestive System

Pills made with Physalis alkekengi fruits, Amaranthus tricolor seeds, Iris ensata seeds, Siberian elm bark, radix bupleuri, radices trichosanthis and honey is taken with costus root soup to treat latent heat in the interior.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for pregnant women (overdose on Physalis alkekengi may be abortive).

Patients with insufficiency of the spleen should avoid taking medicine that contains Physalis alkekengi.

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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