Parthenocissus tricuspidata (also known as Boston Ivy, grape ivy, Japanese ivy, Japanese creeper, and woodbine, Chinese Pinyin: Di Jin, Simplified Chinese: 地锦, 爬墙虎, 爬山虎, 土鼓藤, 红葡萄藤, 血见愁, 红丝草, 奶浆草), is a species of perennial, deciduous, flowering, climbing and herbaceous plant in genus Parthenocissus (botanical grape family, Vitaceae). Found over buildings, rock and trees and native to eastern Asia in Japan, Korea, and northern and eastern China, the plant can grow up to 30 m tall. The stem and root of Parthenocissus tricuspidata are used as carminative, analgesic, blood circulation promoter and muscles and joints relaxant in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as corns and calluses .
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
The stem and root of Parthenocissus tricuspidata are considered to have pungent, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the liver meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Parthenocissus Tricuspidata & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Jaundice in Adults – Liver and Gallbladder Disorders
Pills made with Parthenocissus tricuspidata, platycodon root, atractylodes, licorice root, vinegar, melanterite and flour is taken orally on an empty stomach to treat jaundice in adults caused by liver and gallbladder disorders.
3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain
A decoction of Parthenocissus tricuspidata can be used in treating rheumatoid arthritis with join pain.
3.3 Bleeding Stopping
Smashed Parthenocissus tricuspidata stem is applied externally to treat wounds and bleeding.
3.4 Skin Health
Parthenocissus tricuspidata and Azolla imbricata leaves are pounded and applied externally to treat wind-heat type sores.
Smashed Parthenocissus tricuspidata stem can be used externally to heal corns and calluses (hyperkeratosis).
3.5 The Excretory System
Dried and powdered Parthenocissus tricuspidata can be taken orally to treat dysentery and severe diarrhea with mucus or blood in the feces.
A decoction of Parthenocissus tricuspidata stem can be taken to treat bloody stranguria.
3.6 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders
Parthenocissus tricuspidata can be used for food to treat bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods.
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.