5 Health Benefits of Patrinia Scabiosifolia – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Patrinia scabiosifolia (scientific name: Patrinia scabiosifolia Fisch. ex Trevir., Chinese Pinyin: Bai Jiang, Simplified Chinese: 败酱, 苦菜, 泽败, 鹿肠, 鹿首, 马草, 黄花龙牙, 黄花苦菜, 山芝麻, 麻鸡婆, 将军草, 野黄花, 野芹), is a species of perennial flowering herbaceous plant in genus Patrinia (Caprifoliaceae family). Found in China, Siberia and Japan (from between 400 to 2,100 metres in elevation), the plant can grow up to 100 cm tall. The rhizome and roots of Patrinia scabiosifolia act as antipyretic, detoxicant, discutient, stasis-eliminating drug and antiphlogistic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases and health problems including chronic appendicitis.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The root of Patrinia scabiosifolia is considered to have bitter, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver, stomach, and large intestine meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Patrinia Scabiosifolia & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

A decoction of Patrinia scabiosifolia, nepeta cataria, Cassia occidentalis, scouring rush and Tribulus terrestris is taken orally to treat red painful eyes.

3.2 Skin Health

A decoction of coix seeds, radix aconiti carmichaeli and Patrinia scabiosifolia is used in treating inguinal carbuncles.

3.3 The Excretory System

A decoction of fresh Patrinia scabiosifolia and crystal sugar is taken orally to treat dysentery and severe diarrhea with mucus or blood in the feces.

3.4 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders

A decoction of Patrinia scabiosifolia, Angelica sinensis, dipsacus asper root, peony root, Sichuan lovage rhizome, bamboo shavings and rehmannia glutinosa root is taken to treat extended lochia in women.

3.5 Bleed Stopping

A decoction of Patrinia scabiosifolia can be taken to treat hematemesis (spitting blood).

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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