8 Health Benefits of Commelina Communis – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Commelina communis (also known as Asiatic dayflower, Chinese: Ya Zhi Cao, 鸭跖草, 碧竹子, 翠蝴蝶), a species of annual flowering branched herb in genus Commelina (Commelinaceae family). Found in East Asia and northern parts of Southeast Asia, the plant can grow up to 1 meter tall. The stem and leaves of Commelina communis act as discutient, diuretic, a bitter tonic, detoxicant, antipyretic and antiphlogistic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including tonsillitis, cervical erosion and abnormal vaginal bleeding during pregnancy.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The stem and leaves of Commelina communis are considered to have sweet, bitter and cold properties and to be associated with the heart, liver, spleen, kidney, large intestine and small intestine meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Commelina Communis & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Blood Pressure

Boiled water with Commelina communis and broad bean flower is taken orally to treat high blood pressure.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

A decoction of Commelina communis is taken to treat abdominal edema.

Smashed fresh Commelina communis mixed white spirit is applied externally to relieve swollen joints.

3.3 Hepatitis

Herbal soup with Commelina communis and pork is taken to treat hepatitis accompanied with jaundice.

3.4 Skin Health

Ointment made with Commelina communis leaves and flowers is applied externally to treat anal fistula.

3.5 Blood Path Disorders

A decoction of Commelina communis is used to stop nosebleed.

3.6 Infants

A decoction of Commelina communis can be used in treating erysipelas (an acute streptococcal infectious disease of the skin, characterized by fever, headache, vomiting, and purplish raised lesions, especially on the face, also called Saint Anthony’s fire).

3.7 Bilharzia

A decoction of Commelina communis stem is taken orally to treat bilharzia or human schistosomiasis.

3.8 The Digestive System

A mixture of Commelina communis, honey and Plantago depressa is taken on an empty stomach to treat difficulty passing urine.

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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