Celosia Argentea As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Celosia argentea, also known as plumed cockscomb, or the silver cock’s comb, is a herbaceous plant of tropical origin with bright colors. The plant is a major herb in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) where it is known as Qing Xiang (青葙).

The seeds of celosia argentea is used as discutient (reduce swelling), antihypertensive (reduce the symptoms of high blood pressure) and a bitter tonic (clearing away internal heat).

The flowers of celosia argentea is used to cool the blood and remove heat from the liver.

The rhizome and leaves of celosia argentea help to clear heat and expelling damp. It can also be used externally to treat skin diseases.

Odour & Nature:

Bitter, slightly cold-natured, non-toxic,


Celosia argentea functions by influencing the liver.

Indications & Formulas:

Pounded rhizome and leaves of celosia argentea is used externally to clear away heat under skin and also treat malignant sores.

Prescribed with other herbs, the seeds of celosia argentea can be used to treat various eye diseases.

A decoction of seeds of celosia argentea and chicken liver is taken orally to relive wind-heat related tearing.

A decoction of seeds of celosia argentea and smoked jujubes is used in treating nyctalopia (night blindness).

Juice of seeds of celosia argentea is applied externally to stop nosebleed.

Application in Modern Medicine:

A decoction of seeds of celosia argentea (15g), sodium sulfate (4.5g), seed of wild jujube (12g), butterflybush flower (9g), semen cassiae (9g), white lablab bean (15g) is taken orally to treat chronic uveitis.

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 ChinaAbout.net. 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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