Cnidium Monnieri Seeds As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Cnidium monnieri (L.) Cusson ex Juss., Monnier’s snowparsley, is a flowering plant species in the genus Cnidium. Its seeds is used in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) in treating impotence as well as eliminating dampness, it it called She Chuang Zi (蛇床子).

Odour & Nature:

Bitter, neutral, non-toxic,


Cnidium monnieri seeds functions by influencing the spleen and kidney.

Indications & Formulas:

Pills made with cnidium monnieri seeds, Schisandra chinensis, Semen Cuscutae and honey is taken orally with warm wine to treat impotence.

Pills made with cnidium monnieri seeds, alum, vinegar and rice paste is used externally to treat red and white vaginal discharge and irregular menstruation.

A decoction of cnidium monnieri seeds and alum is applied externally to heal vaginal itching in women.

Cooked cnidium monnieri seeds is used externally to treat vaginal prolapse after delivery.

Powdered cnidium monnieri seeds and licorice root is taken orally with water to cope with rectal prolapse.

A decoction of cnidium monnieri seeds is used externally in treating anal fistula, it can also be used to cope with toothache.

Powdered cnidium monnieri seeds mixed with lard oil can be applied externally to treat ringworm (tinea) in infants and children.

Smoking cnidium monnieri seeds can help to expel phlegm and treat throat impediment.

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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