6 Health Benefits of Eclipta Prostrata – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Eclipta prostrata (also known as false daisy, Chinese Pinyin: Li Chang, Simplified Chinese: 鳢肠, 乌田草, 墨旱莲, 旱莲草, 墨水草, 乌心草), is a species of annual flowering plant in genus Eclipta (Asteraceae family). Found in warm temperate to tropical areas worldwide (from between 0 to 1,900 metres in elevation), the plant can grow up to 60 cm tall. The roots, stem, leaves and flower of Eclipta prostrata are used as a bitter tonic and astringent in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating diseases and health problems such as coronary heart disease and bacillary dysentery.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Eclipta prostrata is considered to have sweet, sour, cool and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver and kidney meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Eclipta Prostrata & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Slow The Ageing Process

The reduction of immune function is one of the main causes and feature of body aging. Pharmacological studies suggest that Eclipta prostrata can help to restore the normal functioning of degraded immune organs, and thereby enhance the cellular immunity and humoral immunity.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Fresh Eclipta prostrata is smashed and applied externally in treating a bleeding cut or wound.

3.3 Skin Health

Juice of fresh Eclipta prostrata is applied externally to treat herpes.

3.4 Diphtheria

Fresh Eclipta prostrata juice mixed with honey is taken orally to treat diphtheria (a potentially fatal contagious bacterial infection that mainly affects the nose and throat, and sometimes the skin).

3.5 Coronary Heart Disease

A decoction of Eclipta prostrata is used in treating coronary heart disease.

3.6 The Digestive System

Fresh Eclipta prostrata juice is taken orally to treat gastroenteritis rectal bleeding.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for people with kidney deficiency.

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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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