Bozhou Chrysanthemum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Chrysanthemums (also known as mums, chrysanths, Ju Hua 菊花), are flowering and ornamental plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China. Dried chrysanthemums flower bud is used in chrysanthemum tea which can be taken daily and is a good source of Vitamin Bs like choline, folacin, niacin as well as riboflavin.

Bozhou chrysanthemum (also known as chrysanthemum morifolium, Bo Ju, 亳菊) is one of the four major traditional medical chrysanthemums in China. It has heat-clearing, wind- and detoxifying effect. Bozhou chrysanthemum is one of the herbal medicines named after the character “Bo” in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia, which is a rare species of chrysanthemum and was registered as an agricultural product of geographic identification by the Ministry of Agriculture of China in 2014. It has always been a top choice of chrysanthemum species in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM).

1. Hangzhou White Chrysanthemum, 杭菊;
2. Bozhou Chrysanthemum, 亳菊;
3. Chuzhou Chrysanthemum, 滁菊;
4. Henan Chrysanthemum, 怀菊

2. Odour & Nature:

Pungent, sweet, bitter, slightly cold-natured.

3. Channels:

Bo chrysanthemum functions by influencing the lung and liver.

4. Uses, Health Benefits of Bozhou Chrysanthemum & Medical Formulas:

4.1 Lowering Blood Pressure

Bozhou chrysanthemum tea is taken daily to lower systolic pressure and keep it at a low-level.

4.2 Improving Vision

Smashed Bozhou chrysanthemum is applied externally to relieve swelling around the eyes and improve vision.

4.3 Refreshment

Bozhou chrysanthemum tea is taken regularly to provide refreshment and help people to stay focused without getting hyperactivity.

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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