Cirsium Setosum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Cirsium setosum (Xiao Ji, 小蓟) is a species of flowering plant in genus Cirsium in the daisy family Asteraceae, native throughout Europe and northern Asia, and widely introduced elsewhere. The plant is used in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) as a discutient, antipyretic, blood circulation promoter and antibacterial.

2. Odour & Nature:

Sweet, slightly bitter, cool-natured.

3. Channels:

Cirsium setosum functions by influencing the heart and liver.

4. Uses, Health Benefits of Cirsium Setosum & Medical Formulas:

4.1 Improving Blood Circulation

A decoction of kalimeris indica root and root of cirsium setosum is taken internally for cooling blood, eliminating stasis and improving blood circulation.

A mixture of fresh lotus root juice, lappa juice, fresh rehamnnia root juice, cirsium setosum root juice and honey is taken to clear heat in blood. )

4.2 Gynecologic Diseases and Disorders

Medicated wine with cirsium setosum root and crushed cirsium japonicum root is taken to treat bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods in women.

A decoction of cirsium setosum is used externally to treat pruritus vulvae.

A decoction of cirsium setosum (rhizome and leaves), fresh rehamnnia root juice and white atractylodes rhizome is taken to treat bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods.

4.3 Bleeding Stopping

Cirsium setosum juice is taken internally to heal hematemesis.

A decoction of cirsium setosum (rhizome and leaves) and oriental motherwort is used in treating bleeding and severe pain after a suction, manual or medication abortion.

A mixture of cirsium setosum juice and wine is taken orally to stop tongue bleeding.

A mixture of cirsium setosum juice proper dosage of water is used in treating bleeding from body orifices.

4.4 Hepatitis

A decoction of fresh cirsium setosum roots is taken to treat infectious hepatitis.

4.5 Snake Bites

Pounded fresh cirsium setosum roots is applied externally to treat snake bites.

4.6 Asthma

Herbal soup with fresh cirsium setosum and fine pork is taken to treat mild intermittent asthma.

4.7 High Blood Pressure

Boiled water with cirsium setosum and prunella vulgaris is taken daily to treat high blood pressure.

6. Research And Studies:

Studies found out that a decoction of cirsium setosum exhibit different degrees of inhibition on Chlorella, Streptococcus, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Paratyphoid Bacteria, Shigella flexneri.

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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