5 Health Benefits of Lycopodium Japonicum – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Lycopodium japonicum (Scientific name: Lycopodium japonicum Thunb; Chinese Pinyin: Shi Song, Simplified Chinese: 石松, 伸筋草, 过山龙, 宽筋藤 , 玉柏), is a species of flowerless, vascular, herbaceous plant in genus Lycopodium (botanical Lycopodiaceae family). Found in open forest, along the roadsides and on the hillsides (usually from between 290 m and 3,000 m in elevation) and native to China, the plant can grow up to 30 cm tall. Lycopodium japonicum is used as carminative, dampness-dispelling drug, muscles and joints relaxant and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as rheumatic arthritis.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Lycopodium japonicum is considered to have bitter, pungent, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver, spleen and kidney meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Lycopodium Japonicum & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Rheumatic Arthritis

A decoction of Lycopodium japonicum is taken orally to relieve wandering pain related to rheumatic arthritis.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

A decoction of Lycopodium japonicum, Fallopia japonica root and Sargentodoxa cuneata is taken orally to treat painful joints.

A decoction of Lycopodium japonicum, Luffa cylindrica, Parthenocissus tricuspidata and Sargents gloryvine is taken orally to relieve joint pain and numbness.

3.3 Poliomyelitis

A decoction of Lycopodium japonicum, Celastrus orbiculatus root, pine nodular branch, Aristolochia mollissima, Clematis chinensis, root of Rubia cordifolia and Asarum forbesii is taken orally to treat sequelae of poliomyelitis.

3.4 Edema

A decoction of Lycopodium japonicum, chaff, betel nut is used in treating edema.

3.5 Skin Health

Powdered Lycopodium japonicum mixed with Chinese tallowtree seed oil is applied externally to treat herpes.

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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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