Myoga (scientific name: Zingiber mioga, also known as myoga ginger or Japanese ginger, Chinese: Ming He, 茗荷, 蓑荷, 覆菹, 嘉草, 洋河姜), a species of perennial and deciduous plant in genus Zingiber (Zingiberaceae family). Found in China, Japan and the southern part of Korea, the plant has a strong resistance to insects and diseases, it can grow up to 1 meter tall. The shoot of myoga acts as antipyretic, depurative and antipyretic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including hematemesis, irregular menstruation and skin problems.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The shoot of myoga is considered to have pungent, warm and low toxicity properties and to be associated with the lung meridians.
The leaves of myoga is considered to have bitter, sweet, cold and non-toxic properties and to be associated with the lung meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Myoga & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Cold, Flu, Fever And Coughing
A decoction of shoot of myoga and wine is taken orally to treat hoarseness caused by inflammation of the vocal cords from virus infection related to the common cold or upper respiratory infection.
A decoction of shoot and leaves of myoga is taken to stop typhoid fever in the early stages.
3.2 Bleeding Stopping
Juice of shoot of myoga is taken orally to treat hematemesis as well as bleeding caused by hemorrhoids.
3.3 Skin Health
Medicated wine with shoot of myoga is used as a mouth wash to treat boils and sores.
3.4 Gynecologic Diseases and Disorders
A decoction of shoot of myoga and wine is taken on an empty stomach to treat abnormal menstruation and irregular menstruation.
3.5 Eye Health
Juice of myoga is used externally to flush a foreign object from the eyes.
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.