4 Health Benefits of Rubia Cordifolia – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Rubia cordifolia (also known as common madder or Indian madder, Chinese Pinyin: Qian Cao, Simplified Chinese: 茜草, 血茜草, 血见愁, 蒨草, 地苏木, 活血丹, 土丹参, 红内消), is a species of perennial, evergreen, flowering, climbing plant in genus Rubia (coffee family, Rubiaceae). Found in open forest, bushes and on grassland and widely grown in Asia, Europe and Africa, the plant can grow up to 150 cm tall. The root of Rubia cordifolia is used as blood circulation promoter, stasis-eliminating drug and emmenagogue in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as rectal prolapse and leukemia.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The root of Rubia cordifolia is considered to have bitter, cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Rubia Cordifolia & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Anticancer

Animal tests show that RA (rubiaakane) extracted from Rubia cordifolia root has inhibitory effect on leukemia.

3.2 Bleeding Stopping

A decoction of Rubia cordifolia root is taken orally to treat hematemesis (spitting blood).

3.3 Rectal Prolapse

A decoction of Rubia cordifolia root, wine and pomegranate peel is taken orally to treat rectal prolapse.

3.4 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders

A decoction of Rubia cordifolia root and wine is taken internally to treat amenorrhea (abnormal absence of menstruation).

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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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