7 Health Benefits of Lophatherum Gracile – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Lophatherum gracile (scientific name: Lophatherum gracile Brongn., Chinese: Dan Zhu Ye, 淡竹叶, 竹叶, 碎骨子, 山鸡米, 金鸡米, 迷身草, 竹叶卷心), a species of perennial plant in genus Lophatherum (Poaceae family). Found in Asia and Australia, the plant can grow up to 40 cm tall. The roots of Lophatherum gracile acts as ocyodinic, diuretic, sedative, analgesic and detoxicant in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including sunstroke, fever, chicken pox and measles.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The dried root of Lophatherum gracile is considered to have cold and sweet properties and to be associated with the heart, stomach and small intestine meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Lophatherum Gracile & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Pneumonia

A decoction of Lophatherum gracile root, ophiopogon japonicus root and honey is taken orally to treat pneumonia accompanied with fever and coughing.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Boiled water with Lophatherum gracile root is daily to prevent sore throats.

A decoction of Lophatherum gracile root, fresh ginger, salt and gypsum is taken orally to treat tooth decay and swollen gums.

3.3 Eye Health

A decoction of Lophatherum gracile root, rhizomes of coptis chinensis, Cyclocarya paliurus, Chinese dates and gardenia jasminoides is taken to treat red painful eyes.

3.4 Skin Health

A decoction of Lophatherum gracile root, dandelion root and honeysuckle is taken orally to treat chicken pox in infants.

A decoction of Lophatherum gracile root, Prunella vulgaris and water chestnut is taken daily to prevent measles.

A decoction of fresh Lophatherum gracile root, Plantago depressa and licorice root is taken orally to treat erosion of mucous membrane in the oral cavity.

3.5 The Excretory System

A decoction of Lophatherum gracile root, couch grass rhizome and Agrimonia pilosa is taken to treat hematuria.

A decoction of Lophatherum gracile root and juncus effusus is taken orally to treat urinary tract infection.

A decoction of Lophatherum gracile root, root of lotus and fresh rehmannia glutinosa root is taken to treat painful urination.

3.6 Sunstroke

Boiled water with Lophatherum gracile root, indigowoad leaves, Vitex negundo and honeysuckle leaves is taken daily to prevent sunstroke.

3.7 Nephritis

A decoction of Lophatherum gracile root and rhizome is used in treating nephritis.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for pregnant women or people with frequent micturition.

5. Research And Studies:

Studies found out that the extract from stem and leaves of Lophatherum gracile contain Arundoin, Cylindrin, Taraxerol and Friedelin.

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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