5 Health Benefits of Sambucus javanica – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Sambucus javanica (also known as Sambucus chinensis, Sambucus javanica, or Chinese elder), Chinese Pinyin: Shuo Zhai, Simplified Chinese: 蒴翟, 朔吊, 接骨草, 零叶), is a species of perennial, flowering and herbaceous plant in genus Sambucus (Adoxaceae family). Found in subtropical and tropical Asia (from between 300 to 2,600 meters in elevation), the plant can grow up to 2,000 cm tall. The roots and leaves of Sambucus javanica are used as discutient and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as rheumatism.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Sambucus javanica is considered to have sour, warm and toxic properties and to be associated with the liver meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Sambucus javanica & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

A decoction of Sambucus javanica, root of Angelica pubescens, gypsum, immature bitter orange and wine is taken orally to treat migraine accompanied with dizziness.

3.2 Rheumatism

Sleeping on heated Sambucus javanica leaves can help to treat rheumatism.

3.3 Skin Health

Juice of Sambucus javanica roots (peeled) is taken orally with wine to treat edema (swelling caused by fluid retention),

3.4 Extended Lochia

A decoction of Sambucus javanica root is taken orally to treat extended lochia.

3.5 The Digestive System

Medicated wine with Sambucus javanica root can be taken orally to treat a hard and painful lump in the abdomen.

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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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