5 Health Benefits of Humulus Japonicus – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Humulus scandens (scientific: Humulus scandens (Lour.) Merr; also known as wild hop or Japanese hop, synonym Humulus japonicus, Chinese Pinyin: Lv Cao, Simplified Chinese: 律草, 勒草, 葛勒蔓, 来莓草, 拉拉藤, 牵牛藤), is a species of annual, flowering, herbaceous plant in genus Humulus (botanical Cannabaceae family). Found in field, along the roadsides and forest edge in Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Russia) and North America, the plant can grow up to 5 m long. Humulus scandens is used as stomachic, diuretic and antidiarrheal in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as hematuria and malaria.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Humulus scandens is considered to have bitter, sweet, cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the lung and kidney meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Humulus Scandens & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Urolithiasis

A decoction of Humulus scandens is taken regularly to treat urolithiasis (kidney stone disease).

3.2 Stranguria

Juice of Humulus scandens root mixed with vinegar is taken orally to treat stranguria and hematuria.

3.3 Malaria

A decoction of Humulus scandens and antifebrile dichroa is taken internally to treat malaria.

3.4 Skin Health

Medicated bath with Humulus scandens can be used to treat leprosy.

3.5 The Excretory System

Powdered Humulus scandens can be used externally to treat chronic diarrhea.

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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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