Artemisia Capillaris As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Artemisia Capillaris (also known as capillary wormwood, yin-chen wormwood, Chinese: Yin Chen Hao, 茵陈蒿), a species of plant in genus Artemisia (Asteraceae family). Native to Asia, the plant can grow up to 1.2 meters. The stem and leaves of Artemisia Capillaris acts as analgesic, antispasmodic and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including jaundice.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Artemisia Capillaris is considered to have bitter, neutral, slightly cold and non-toxic properties and to be associated with the spleen, stomach, liver and gallbladder meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Artemisia Capillaris & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Jaundice

A decoction of cut artemisia capillaris is taken orally to treat heat type jaundice.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

A decoction of artemisia capillaris and plantain seed is taken to treat red painful eyes.

3.3 Skin Health

A decoction of artemisia capillaris and honey locust is used externally to treat tinea versicolour.

Bathing in a decoction of artemisia capillaris helps to treat pruritus.

3.4 Antispasmodic

Medicated wine with artemisia capillaris, husked sorghum and flour is taken daily to treat hand or foot spasms.

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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