5 Health Benefits of Marsilea Quadrifolia – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Marsilea quadrifolia (scientific name: Marsilea quadrifolia L., also known as four leaf clover and European waterclover, Chinese Pinyin: Ping, Simplified Chinese: 苹, 田字萍, 夜合草(广东), 大浮萍, 四叶菜), is a species of perennial herbaceous aquatic fern in genus Marsilea (botanical water-clover family, Marsileaceae). Found in shallow water or on land, the plant can grow up to 20 cm tall. Marsilea quadrifolia is used as heat-clearing drug, diuretic, detoxicant and hemostatic (stops bleeding drug) in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as malaria and diabetes.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Marsilea quadrifolia is considered to have sweet, cold, aperitive and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver, kidney and lung meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Marsilea Quadrifolia & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Malaria

A decoction of fresh Marsilea quadrifolia can be used in treating malaria.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

A decoction of Marsilea quadrifolia is taken orally to treat nephritis.

A decoction of Marsilea quadrifolia and vinegar is taken warm to relieve lumbago.

3.3 Bleeding Stopping

Duck liver cooked with Marsilea quadrifolia is taken to treat hematemesis.

3.4 Skin Health

Fresh Marsilea quadrifolia is smashed and applied externally to treat boils.

3.5 Diabetes

Pills made with dried Marsilea quadrifolia, Trichosanthes kirilowii and human milk is taken orally to treat diabetes.

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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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