5 Health Benefits of Juncus Effusus – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Juncus Effusus (also known as common rush, juncus interior or soft rush, Chinese: Deng Xin Cao, 灯心草, 秧草, 水灯心, 野席草, 虎须草, 碧玉草), a species of perennial flowering plant in genus Juncus (Juncaceae family). Found in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America, the plant can grow up to 1.5 meter tall. The stem of Juncus Effusus acts as discutient, antipyretic, sedative and diuretic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including insomnia, jaundice and throat impediment.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The dried stem of juncus effusus is considered to have sweet, cold and non-toxic properties and to be associated with the heart, lung and small intestine meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Juncus Effusus & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Throat Impediment

Ash of juncus effusus and table salt is used in treatment throat impediment.

3.2 Insomnia

Boiled water with dried stem of juncus effusus is taken daily to treat insomnia and improve sleep.

3.3 Bleeding Stopping

Smashed juncus effusus stem is applied externally to stop wounds from bleeding.

Powdered juncus effusus stem and cinnabar are taken with rice soup to stop severe nosebleed.

3.4 Skin Health

A decoction of juncus effusus roots and wine is taken orally to relieve jaundice due to internal damp-heat.

3.5 The Excretory System

A decoction of juncus effusus stem, akebia stem, dianthus superbus and plantain seed is taken orally to reduce internal fever and promote diuresis.

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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