Ipomoea nil (also known as picotee morning-glory, ivy morning glory, and Japanese morning glory, Chinese Pinyin: Qian Niu Zi, Simplified Chinese: 牵牛子, 黑丑, 白丑, 二丑, 喇叭花, 姜姜籽, 喇叭花, 朝颜花), is a species of annual climbing herbaceous plant in genus Ipomoea (botanical morning glory family, Convolvulaceae). Found in the bushes, along the roadsides and in the fields, the plant can grow up to 4 m long. The seed of Ipomoea nil is used as aperitive, expectorant, insecticide and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as edema and constipation.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The seed of Ipomoea nil is considered to have cold, bitter and toxic properties and to be associated with the lung, kidney and large intestine meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Ipomoea Nil & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Rheumatoid Arthritis
Pills made with Skimmia reevesiana leaves (fried), Coix seed, bunge cherry seed, Ipomoea nil seeds and honey is taken orally to treat rheumatoid arthritis with foot pain symptoms.
Cake with Ipomoea nil seed and barley can be taken to treat edema.
3.3 Relieve Swelling And Inflammation
A decoction of powdered Ipomoea nil seed and vinegar is taken orally to treat inflammatory process of tissue of unknown origin.
Pills made with powdered Ipomoea nil seed and honey is taken orally with ginger soup to relieve swollen ankles.
Pills made with Ipomoea nil seed and white onion is taken orally to treat red painful eyes.
3.4 Skin Health
Powdered Ipomoea nil seed mixed with grease is applied externally to treat acne.
3.5 The Excretory System
Powdered Ipomoea nil seed is taken orally to treat painful urination.
Powdered Ipomoea nil seed is taken with ginger soup to treat constipation.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
Administration with caution for pregnant women and people with stomach deficiency.
Long term usage as well as overdose can cause negative consequences, such as hematochezia, abdominal pain and vomiting.
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.