5 Health Benefits of Bassia Scoparia – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Bassia scoparia (scientific name: Kochia scoparia (L.) Schrad., also known as burningbush, ragweed, summer cypress, mock-cypress, kochia, belvedere, Mexican firebrush, and Mexican fireweed, Chinese Pinyin: Di Fu, Simplified Chinese: 地肤, 地麦, 落帚, 扫帚苗, 扫帚菜, 孔雀松), is a species of annual flowering and herbaceous plant in genus Bassia (Amaranthaceae family). Found in North Africa, Africa, Europe, Asia and Russia Siberian region, the plant can grow up to 100 cm tall. The seeds of Bassia scoparia act as diuretic, detoxicant and depurative in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases and health problems including difficulty passing urine, impotence and various skin problems.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The seeds of Bassia scoparia is considered to have bitter and cold properties and to be associated with the bladder meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Bassia scoparia & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Used for Food

The stems and leaves of Bassia scoparia are rich in carotene, potassium and copper and can be used for food.

3.2 Impotence

A decoction of Bassia scoparia seeds and actinolite is taken to treat impotence and erectile dysfunction (ED).

3.3 Injuries

Juice of fresh Bassia scoparia seedlings is used externally to treat eye injuries.

3.4 Skin Health

Boiled water with alum and Bassia scoparia seeds can be used externally to treat verruca (sometimes called plantar warts or spelled verrucae – are warts that develop on the soles of the feet).

3.5 The Excretory System

A decoction of Bassia scoparia seeds can be used as diuretic to increase production of waste fluids.

A decoction of Bassia scoparia is taken orally to treat stranguria with turbid urine.

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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