5 Health Benefits of Salvia Japonica – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Salvia japonica (scientific name: Salvia japonica Thunb., also known as East Asian sage, Chinese Pinyin: Shu Wei Cao, Simplified Chinese: 鼠尾草, 洋苏草, 庭院鼠尾草), is a species of annual flowering plant in genus Salvia (Lamiaceae family). Found in Southern Europe, Mediterranean coastal area and China (from between 200 to 1,200 metres in elevation), the plant can grow up to 60 cm tall. The whole plant of Salvia japonica are used as antipyretic, detoxicant, diuretic and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating diseases and health problems including jaundice and irregular menstruation.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Salvia japonica is considered to have bitter, pungent and neutral properties and to be associated with the heart, lung, liver, large intestine and bladder meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Salvia Japonica & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Aid For Digestion

The smell of Salvia japonica is strong and pungent, its taste is similar to camphor. It can be used in cooking to add refreshing fragrance and aid for digestion.

3.2 Encephalitis

A decoction of fresh Salvia japonica root and brown sugar us taken to prevent epidemic Encephalitis.

3.3 Improve Memory

Salvia japonica also helps to enhance memory, stable nerves, and ease headache and neuralgia

3.4 Skin Health

Salvia japonica oil can reduce inflammation and improve oily skin, acne and other skin problems.

3.5 Infectious Hepatitis

A decoction of Salvia japonica and artemisia capillaris is used in treating infectious hepatitis.

4. Research And Studies:

Salvia japonica contains β-sitosterol, β-sitosterol glucoside, ursolic acid, oleanolic acid, 2α-hydroxyursolic acid, tormentic acid, caffeic acid, maslinic acid and ethylβ-D-galactopyranoside.

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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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