Pueraria montana (scientific name: Pueraria lobata (Willd.) Ohwi, Chinese Pinyin: Ge, Simplified Chinese: 葛, 葛藤, 甘葛, 野葛), is a species of perennial lianas in genus Pueraria (Fabaceae family). Found in subtropical and temperate regions of China, Japan, and Korea (from between 0 to 1,700 meters in elevation), the plant can grow up to 8 meter long. The tuberous root of Pueraria montana is used as antipyretic, dealcoholic medicine and antihypertensive in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as typhoid fever.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The tuberous root of Pueraria montana is considered to have sweet, pungent, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the lung and stomach meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Pueraria montana & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Typhoid Fever
A decoction of Pueraria montana root, fresh ginger juice and fermented soybean can be used in stopping typhoid fever at the beginning stages.
3.2 Enhancing Immunity
Puerarin extracted from Pueraria montana root can help improve immunity of our body, enhance myocardial contractility, protect the cardiomyocytes and lower blood pressure.
3.3 Blood Pressure
A decoction of Pueraria montana root can be used to relieve the symptoms of dizziness, headache, tinnitus and other symptoms related to high blood pressure.
3.4 Skin Health
Pueraria montana root juice is helpful in clearing heat in blood and treating hematemesis.
Fresh Pueraria montana root juice can be taken to dispel the effects of alcohol.
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.