7 Health Benefits of Clematis Chinensis – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Clematis chinensis (scientific name: Clematis chinensis Osbeck, Chinese Pinyin: Wei Ling Xian, Simplified Chinese: 威灵仙, 百条根, 老虎须, 铁扫帚), is a species of perennial flowering lianas (woody vine) in genus Clematis (botanical buttercup family, Ranunculaceae). Found in humus rich hillsides, forest or bushes (usually from between 140 to 1,500 meters in elevation) in China and Vietnam, the rhizome and root of Clematis chinensis are used as carminative and emmenagogue in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as rheumatism.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The root of Clematis chinensis is considered to have bitter, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the bladder meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Clematis Chinensis & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Cold, Flu, Fever And Coughing

Pills made with Clematis chinensis root (roasted) and pinellia ternata root is taken with ginger soup to treat dyspnea with coughing and aid digestion.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

Powdered Clematis chinensis root is taken with warm wine to relieve backache and foot pain.

Clematis chinensis root and paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) are pounded into powder and taken orally with wine to treat lumps in the abdomen.

3.3 Numbness

Pills made with clematis chinensis root (fried), root of Aconitum carmichaelii, trogopterus dung, vinegar and rice paste is taken with soup to treat numbness in hands and feet.

3.4 Skin Health

Powdered epimedium and Clematis chinensis can be taken with rice soup to treat smallpox.

A decoction of Clematis chinensis root is used externally to treat haemorrhoids.

4.5 Rheumatic Arthritis

A decoction of dipsacus asper root, schisandra sphenanthera, roots of cynanchum mooreanum, schisandra propinqua, Clematis chinensis, cynanchum paniculatum and rhizome of cocculusorbiculatus (linnaeus) candolle is taken to treat rheumatic arthritis and relieve pain.

A decoction of water pepper (15g), radix clematidis and cassia twig is taken orally to relieve pain that comes with rheumatism.

3.6 Antitumor

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

3.7 The Excretory System

Cake with Clematis chinensis root, cockscomb, egg white and rice vinegar is taken orally to treat gastrointestinal bleeding.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for pregnant women and people with blood 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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