Oxalis corniculata (also known as creeping woodsorrel, procumbent yellow-sorrel or sleeping beauty; Chinese Pinyin: Cu Jiang Cao, Simplified Chinese: 酢浆草, 酸浆, 三叶酸, 三角酸, 酸母, 酸草), is a species of perennial, flowering, low-growing, herbaceous plant in genus Oxalis (botanical wood sorrel family, Oxalidaceae). Found on hillsides, in gardens, grassland, agricultural fields and lawns in temperate and subtropical regions across Asia, Europe and North America, the plant can grow up to 35 cm tall. Oxalis corniculata is used as heat-clearing drugs, detoxicant and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as prolapse of uterus.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
Oxalis corniculata is considered to have sour, cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver, lung and bladder meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Oxalis Corniculata & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain
Pills made with Oxalis corniculata and Chinese prickly ash can be keep in mouth to reduce gum swelling and relieve pain.
3.2 Bleeding Stopping
A decoction of Oxalis corniculata is taken orally to stop bleeding hemorrhoids.
3.3 Skin Health
Smashed Oxalis corniculata is applied externally to stop the itching of ringworm (tinea).
3.4 The Excretory System
A decoction of Oxalis corniculata, Plantago depressa and granulated sugar is taken orally to treat constipation and urinary obstruction.
Oxalis corniculata juice mixed with wine can be taken orally to treat stranguria.
3.5 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders
Powdered Oxalis corniculata is taken with wine on an empty stomach to treat red and white vaginal discharge.
A decoction of Oxalis corniculata can be taken orally to treat prolapse of uterus after birth.
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.