Plantago asiatica (scientific name: Plantago asiatica L., Chinese Pinyin: Che Qian Can, Simplified Chinese: 车前, 车前草, 车轮草, 猪耳草, 牛耳朵草), is a species of perennial flowering and herbaceous plant in genus Plantago (Plantaginaceae family). Found in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, etc.) (from between 3 to 3,200 meters in elevation), the plant can grow up to 60 cm tall. The whole plant of Plantago asiatica is used as antipyretic, diuretic, expectorant and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating diseases and health problems including difficulty with urination.
2. Odour, Properties And Channels:
Plantago asiatica is considered to have sweet, cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the kidney, liver and lung meridians.
3. Uses, Health Benefits of Plantago Asiatica & Medical Formulas:
3.1 Clearing Away Internal Heat
A decoction of juncus effusus stem, akebia stem, dianthus superbus and Plantago asiatica seeds is taken orally to reduce internal fever and promote diuresis.
3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain
Powdered Plantago asiatica seeds is taken with normal water (twice a day) to relieve testicle pain.
A decoction of artemisia capillaris and Plantago asiatica seed is taken to treat red painful eyes.
3.3 Habitual Abortion
Powdered Plantago asiatica seeds is taken with wine or water to treat habitual abortion.
3.4 Skin Health
A decoction of fresh Lophatherum gracile root, Plantago asiatica and licorice root is taken orally to treat erosion of mucous membrane in the oral cavity.
3.5 Bleed Stopping
Juice of Plantago asiatica leaves is taken to stop severe nosebleed.
Smashed Plantago asiatica leaves can be applied externally to treat knife wounds.
3.6 The Excretory System
A mixture of Commelina communis, honey and Plantago asiatica is taken on an empty stomach to treat difficulty passing urine.
Powdered Plantago asiatica seeds is taken with Plantago asiatica leaves soup to treat bloody stranguria.
3.7 Eye Health
Juice of Plantago asiatica leaves and white poplar leaves can be used externally to remove macula of retina at the beginning stages.
3.8 Improve Kidney Function, Promote Vitality And Sexual Energy
Root of curculigo orchioides (soaked in washing water of sticky rice), atractylodes (soaked in washing water of rice), boxthorn seeds, Plantago asiatica seeds, white poria (peeled), fried foeniculum vulgare, platycladi seed (peeled), prepared rehmannia root, fresh rehamnnia root and wine can be processed into pills for oral taking to treat impotence and premature ejaculation.
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.