Stellera Chamaejasme (Chinese: Lang Du, 狼毒, 断肠草, 燕子花, 馒头花), a species of unbranched flowering plant in genus Stellera (Thymelaeaceae family). Found in western China and Mongolia, the plant can grow up to 0.6 meter tall. The root of Stellera Chamaejasme acts as expectorant, antiphlogistic and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM).
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The root of stellera chamaejasme is considered to have pungent, neutral and high toxicity properties and to be associated with the lung meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Stellera Chamaejasme & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Chronic Tracheitis
A decoction of stellera chamaejasme root is taken to treat chronic tracheitis (but with significant side effects).
3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain
Pills made with stellera chamaejasme root, radix aconiti carmichaeli, inula japonica and honey is taken orally to relieve sharp pain in hypochondriac region.
3.3 Inguinal Hernia
Pills made with stellera chamaejasme root, radix aconiti carmichaeli, radix sileris and honey is taken to treat inguinal hernia accompanied with sharp pain.
3.4 Skin Health
Ointment made with stellera chamaejasme root, lard oil and horse oil can be applied externally to treat tinea scabies.
Ointment made with stellera chamaejasme root, calomel and mercury is used externally to heal chronic mange in humans.
Powdered stellera chamaejasme root is used in treating chronic eczema.
Powdered stellera chamaejasme root and the bark of ash is taken with warm wine to treat malicious sores.
3.5 Human Parasite
Powdered stellera chamaejasme root and sugar are taken with water on an empty stomach to treat human parasites.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
Stellera chamaejasme root is highly poisonous; Elderly, infirm and the pregnant women should avoid taking medicine that contains stellera chamaejasme root.
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.