Asarum Forbesii As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Asarum forbesii is a perennial member of the Asarum genus in the family Aristolochiaceae. The plan holds medical properties of relieving rheumatism and cold, invigorating blood circulation and killing pains.

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, warm-natured, low toxicity,


Asarum forbesii functions by influencing the liver and kidney.

Indications & Formulas:

Powdered asarum forbesii can be taken with warm wine to treat cold and fever.

Powdered asarum forbesii can be taken with water to cope with asthma with mucus accumulation (should be taken during attack).

A decoction of asarum forbesii, muskmelon pedicel and ginseng can be used in treatment for hematemesis.

A decoction of asarum forbesii can be taken together with fine wine to heal dysphagia and pour out retained food

Powdered asarum forbesii and fruit of honeylocust can be snorted by remedy postpartum anemic fainting.

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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