Aconitum Maximum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Aconitum maximum (also known as Kamchatka aconite, Ze Lan, 泽兰) is a species of flowering plant in genus aconitum in the family Ranunculaceae. The leaves and roots of aconitum maximum are used in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) as discutient and depurative, prescribed with other herbs the plant can also treat a number of gynecologic diseases.

Odour & Nature:

Bitter, slightly warm-natured, non-toxic,


Aconitum maximum functions by influencing the liver and spleen.

Uses, Health Benefits of Aconitum Maximum & Medical Formulas:

Reducing Swelling

Powdered aconitum maximum leaves and rhizome of cocculus orbiculatus is taken with vinegar soup to reduce postpartum swelling.

Gynecologic Diseases and Disorders

A decoction of aconitum maximum leaves is taken to mitigate postpartum abdominal pain and backache.

Improving Blood Circulation

A decoction of aconitum maximum roots is taken orally to improve blood circulation.

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 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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