Artemisia Keiskeana As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Artemisia Keiskeana (Chinese: An Lu, 淹闾, 淹闾, 覆闾), a species of flowering plant in genus Artemisia (Asteraceae family). Native to central Asia, the plant can grow up to 1 meter. The plant acts as blood circulation promoter, dampness eliminator and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM).

2. Odour & Nature:

Bitter, slightly cold-natured, non-toxic.

3. Channels:

Artemisia keiskeana functions by influencing the liver.

4. Uses, Health Benefits of Artemisia Keiskeana & Medical Formulas:

4.1 Dispersing Stagnant Blood

A decoction of smashed artemisia keiskeana is taken orally to help disperse stagnant blood and treat various kind of swelling.

A decoction of smashed artemisia keiskeana and urine of boys under ten is taken orally to cope with postpartum hemorrhage with blood stasis.

4.2 Irregular Menstruation

Medicated wine with artemisia keiskeana seeds and walnut is taken orally to treat irregular menstruation.

4.3 Pain Relieving

Pills made with artemisia keiskeana seeds, honey and walnut is taken with warm soup to relieve postpartum abdominal pain.

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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