5 Health Benefits of Solanum Dulcamara – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Solanum dulcamara (also known as bittersweet, bittersweet nightshade, bitter nightshade, blue bindweed, Amara Dulcis, climbing nightshade, fellenwort, felonwood, poisonberry, poisonflower, scarlet berry, snakeberry, trailing bittersweet, trailing nightshade, violet bloom, or woody nightshade, Chinese Pinyin: Shu Yang Quan, Simplified Chinese: 蜀羊泉, 羊泉, 羊饴, 漆姑草), is a species of perennial flowering herbaceous plant in genus Solanum (Solanaceae family). Found in Europe, Asia and North America, Solanum dulcamara act as antipyretic and detoxicant in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases and health problems including blur vision and esophagus cancer.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Solanum dulcamara is considered to have bitter, slightly cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver and lung meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Solanum Dulcamara & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Sore Throat

A decoction of Solanum dulcamara is taken orally to stop sore throat at the beginning stages.

3.2 Skin Health

Smashed Solanum dulcamara is applied externally to treat dermatitis.

3.3 Jaundice in Adults – Liver and Gallbladder Disorders

Juice of Solanum dulcamara stem is taken with wine to treat jaundice in adults related to liver and gallbladder disorders.

3.4 Enhancing Vision

A decoction of Solanum dulcamara fruits is taken to treat blur vision.

3.5 Antitumor

A decoction of Solanum dulcamara, oldenlandia diffusa, radix clematidis and couch grass rhizome is used in treating esophagus cancer.

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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