Hylotelephium erythrostictum (scientific name: Hylotelephium erythrostictum (Miq.) H.Ohba, also known as garden stonecrop, Chinese Pinyin: Jing Tian, Simplified Chinese: 景天, 慎火, 戒火, 据火, 护火, 辟火, 火母), is a species of perennial flowering herbaceous plant in genus Hylotelephium (botanical stonecrop family, Crassulaceae). Found in grasslands, meadows, hillsides and ravines in the Northern Hemisphere and southern Africa, the plant can grow up to 70 cm tall. Hylotelephium erythrostictum is used as heat-clearing drug, detoxicant and blood circulation promoter in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as febrile convulsion in infants.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
Hylotelephium erythrostictum is considered to have bitter, sour and cold properties and to be associated with the heart and liver meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Hylotelephium Erythrostictum & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Febrile Convulsion In Infants
Hylotelephium erythrostictum, ephedra, salvia miltiorrhiza root and white atractylodes rhizome are powdered and used to treat febrile convulsion in infants.
3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain
Hylotelephium erythrostictum (soaked in urine) is heated and applied hot to treat corns and calluses (hyperkeratosis).
3.3 Bleeding Stopping
A decoction of fresh Hylotelephium erythrostictum and crystal sugar is taken orally to treat hematemesis.
3.4 Skin Health
Porphyrized Hylotelephium erythrostictum mixed with Chinese distillate spirits can be applied externally to treat sores and boils.
A decoction of Hylotelephium erythrostictum, fresh ginger and shell of Eriocheir sinensis is taken orally to treat wind-phlegm type vertigo.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
Administration with caution for people with spleen and stomach deficiency.
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”.
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