Aristolochia debilis (scientific name: Aristolochia debilis Sieb. et Zucc, also knon as birthwort, pipevine or Dutchman’s pipe; Chinese Pinyin: Ma Dou Ling, Simplified Chinese: 马兜铃, 兜铃, 马兜零, 马兜苓, 水马香果, 葫芦罐, 臭铃), is a species of perennial lianas (woody vines) in genus Aristolochia (botanical birthwort family, Aristolochiaceae). Found in the valley, damp places, bushes and on hillsides (usually from between 200 to 1,500 meters in elevation) in Asia (China and Japan), the fruit of Aristolochia debilis is used as antitussive, antiasthmatic, aperitive and antipyretic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as abdominal edema.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The fruit of Aristolochia debilis is considered to have bitter, cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the lung and large intestine meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Aristolochia Debilis & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Blood Pressure
Extract from Aristolochia debilis fruit is applicable to early stages of hypertension. There are different formulas with different curative effects.
3.2 Cold, Flu, Fever And Coughing
Aristolochia debilis fruit, Trichosanthes kirilowii seed and Schisandra chinensis are fried and powdered for internal taking after meal to treat chronic coughing.
A decoction of Aristolochia debilis fruit, bark of mulberry root, licorice root, rhizoma cimicifugae and juncus effusus is taken orally to treat cough with lung heat.
3.3 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain
Ash of Aristolochia debilis fruit is taken with warm wine to relieve severe stomachache.
3.4 Skin Health
A decoction of Aristolochia debilis fruit, licorice root, rehmannia glutinosa root and white atractylodes rhizome is taken internally to treat bleeding hemorrhoids.
3.5 Abdominal Edema
A decoction of Aristolochia debilis can be used in treating abdominal edema.
A decoction of Aristolochia debilis fruit, ephedra, Schisandra chinensis, licorice root and black sugar is taken orally to treat nasosinusitis.
4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:
Overdose on Aristolochia debilis may cause vomiting.
Administration with caution for people with spleen deficiency.
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”.
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