4 Health Benefits of Typhonium Giganteum – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Typhonium giganteum (scientific name: Typhonium giganteum Engl., Chinese Pinyin: Bai Fu Zi, Simplified Chinese: 白附子, 独角莲, 牛奶白附) is a species of perennial flowering herbaceous plant in genus Typhonium (Araceae family). Native to eastern and southern Asia, New Guinea, and Australia, the plant can grow up to 40 cm tall. The tuberous root of Typhonium giganteum is used as detoxicant, lump resolver, sedative and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as tetanus.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The tuberous root of Typhonium giganteum is considered to have pungent and warm properties and to be associated with the stomach and liver meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Typhonium Giganteum & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Stroke

Typhonium giganteum root, silkworm larva and scorpions are powdered and taken with warm wine to treat stroke.

3.2 Vertigo

Pills made with powdered Typhonium giganteum root, resin of kaput wood and cooked millet can be taken orally after meal wth tea or wine to treat wind-phlegm type vertigo.

3.3 Sore Throat

Powdered Typhonium giganteum root and dried alum can be used externally to treat sore throat.

3.4 Febrile Convulsion

A decoction of Typhonium giganteum root, Aconitum carmichaelii lateralis (黑附子) and fresh ginger can be taken orally to treat febrile convulsion in infants and children.

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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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