5 Health Benefits of Hemerocallis Fulva – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Hemerocallis fulva (also known as orange day-lily, tawny daylily, tiger daylily, fulvous daylily or ditch lily, Chinese: Xuan Cao, 萱草, 金针, 黄花菜, 忘忧草, 宜男草, 疗愁, 鹿箭), a species of perennial flowering daylily in genus Hemerocallis (Asphodelaceae family). Found in China, Siberia, Japan and Southeast Asia, the plant can grow up to 1 meter tall. The root, seeding and flower of Hemerocallis fulva act as antipyretic, diuretic, antiphlogistic and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including hematuria, irregular menstruation, mastitis and jaundice.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The root, seeding and flower of Hemerocallis fulva are considered to have sweet, cool and non-toxic properties and to be associated with the stomach and bladder meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Hemerocallis Fulva & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Cold, Flu, Fever And Coughing

A decoction of Hemerocallis fulva root and wine is taken to treat common colds as well as coughing in infants and children.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Powdered Hemerocallis fulva root and leaves are taken before meal to treat edema (swelling caused by fluid retention).

3.3 Bleeding Stopping

Hemerocallis fulva root juice mixed with fresh ginger juice is taken to treat bleeding from five sense organs or subcutaneous tissue.

3.4 The Excretory System

A decoction of Hemerocallis fulva root is taken daily to treat difficulty in passing urine.

Hemerocallis fulva root and fresh ginger (fried) are pounded and taken with wine to treat blood in stool.

3.5 Gynecologic Diseases and Disorders

A decoction of Hemerocallis fulva root can also be used in treating irregular or abnormal menstruation.

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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