Cynomorium Songaricum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Cynomorium songaricum (Chinese: Suo Yang, 锁阳) grows at high altitudes in Central Asia and Mongolia. Cynomorium songaricum is often used in herbal remedies for illnesses including sexual illnesses and nocturnal emissions. Cynomorium songaricum also share some similar properties with cistanche. In some medical receipts, cynomorium songaricum and cistanche are exchangeable.

Odour & Nature:

Sweet, warm-natured, non-toxic,


Cynomorium songaricum functions by influencing the kidney and the large intestine.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of cynomorium songaricum can remedy dry and hard stool as well as painful passing stool.

Stewed mutton with cynomorium songaricum is helpful in tonifying kidney and treating impotence.

A mixture of cynomorium songaricum, pilos deer horn, Chinese yam, white poria and rice paste can be made into pills for oral taking (taken with red date soup) to treat gonorrhea and deficiency of the kidney.

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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