Aucklandia Rhizome As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


The fucklandia rhizome (Mu Xiang, 木香) is the root of lappa Decne or Vladimiria Souliei (Franch.) Ling. of family Compositae. Native to China, the two plants are wild plants mostly found in alpine shrub and meadows in provinces such as Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet. The fucklandia rhizome is an important herb in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used as discutient (reducing swelling), analgesic and an aid for digestion.

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, warm-natured, non-toxic,


The fucklandia rhizome functions by influencing the spleen, stomach, large intestine and gallbladder.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of pulsatilla root, coptis, fucklandia rhizome can serve as a therapy for diarrhea with sore throat.

Pills made with fucklandia rhizome, terminalia chebula fruit and sugar is taken with wine on an empty stomach to treat a distended stomach and loss of appetite.

Pills made from fucklandia rhizome, honeylocust fruit and rice paste is taken with warm water to relieve sharp, stabbing chest pain.

A decoction of wine and fucklandia rhizome is taken orally to heal hernia in small intestine.

Fucklandia rhizome and mastic (soaked in wine) are steamed and taken orally with wine to treat stagnation of the circulation of vital energy.

A decoction of fucklandia rhizome (cut in small pieces and soaked in vinegar) and sesame oil is used externally to cope with sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL, commonly known as sudden deafness).

Papaya juice with powdered fucklandia rhizome is taken with warm wine to deal with acute gastritis.

A decoction of fucklandia rhizome, coptis and orange peel is taken orally to treat dysentery.

Braised pork intestines stuffed with fucklandia rhizome and coptis is taken orally to treat blood in stool.

Pills made with fucklandia rhizome, myrrh and Angelica sinensis is taken before meal to treat cloudy and turbid urine.

A decoction of fucklandia rhizome and bitter orange is taken orally to treat penis swelling or 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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