Cayratia japonica (scientific name: Cayratia japonica (Thunb.) Gagnep.; also known as bushkiller, yabu garashi and Japanese cayratia herb, Chinese Pinyin: Wu Lian Mei, Simplified Chinese: 乌蔹莓, 龙尾, 虎葛, 五叶莓, 乌蔹草, 五叶藤, 五爪龙, 母猪藤), is a species of perennial, flowering, dicotyledonous, climbing vine in genus Cayratia (botanical Vitaceae family). Native to Australia and Asia, usually found on hillsides and in the bushes, the plant can grow up to 3 m long. Cayratia japonica is used as antipyretic, dampness-dispelling drug, detoxicant and diuretic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as jaundice in adults.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
Cayratia japonica is considered to have bitter, sour and cold properties and to be associated with the heart, liver and stomach meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Cayratia Japonica & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain
Smashed Cayratia japonica leaves is applied externally to treat neck swelling.
3.2 Skin Health
Cayratia japonica root, Chinese distillate spirits and realgar is applied externally to treat herpes.
Cayratia japonica leaves and fresh ginger are pounded and taken with fine wine to treat sores and boils.
3.3 Rheumatoid Arthritis
Medicated wine with Cayratia japonica root and rhizome of Cocculusorbiculatus (Linnaeus) Candolle is taken regularly to treat rheumatoid arthritis accompanied with paralysis.
3.4 Snake Bites
Smashed Cayratia japonica is taken with rice wine to treat snake bites.
A decoction of Cayratia japonica root, Smilax glabra root, root of bidentate achyranthes and distilled spirit is taken on an empty stomach to treat gonorrhea.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
Administration with caution for pregnant women.
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.