Curcuma Wenyujin As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Curcuma Wenyujin (Yu Jin, 郁金 or 玉金) is a species in genus Curcuma in the family Zingiberaceae, the plant is native to Southeast Asia, southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, New Guinea and northern Australia. The rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin is used in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) as a detoxicant, sedative, analgesic and expectorant.

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, bitter, cold-natured, non-toxic,


The rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin functions by influencing the heart, liver and gallbladder.

Health Benefits of Curcuma Wenyujin & Formulas:

Acting As A Sedative

[Ancient Prescription] Pills made with rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin and alum is taken to treat mania.

Skin Health

[Ancient Prescription] Powdered rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin is applied externally to treat painful anal fistula.

[Ancient Prescription] A mixture of rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin, licorice root and resin of kaput wood are processed and taken with pork blood to treat cystic acne.

Relieving Pain

Pills made from rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin, radix aconiti carmichaeli, dried ginger and vinegar is taken to relieve subcutaneous emphysema (gas or air is in the layer under the skin with pain).

Calcined rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin is taken with rice vinegar to relieve postpartum chest pain.

Bleed Stopping

A decoction of rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin is used to stop nosebleeds and hematemesis.

Improving Urinary System

A decoction of rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin and white onion is taken to treat hematuria (presence of blood or red blood cells in the urine).

Bringing Up Mucus

Powdered rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin and veratrum nigrum root is taken orally to bring up mucus and other material from the lungs, bronchi, and trachea.

Contraindication & Cautions:

Rhizome of Curcuma Wenyujin should not be prescribed with clove.

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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