Cyrtomium Fortunei As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Cyrtomium (Chinese: Guan Zhong, 贯众, 凤尾草) is a genus of about 15-20 species of ferns in the family Dryopteridaceae, native to Asia, Africa (including Madagascar), and the Pacific Ocean islands (Hawaii). Roots of cyrtomium fortunei is a helpful medical ingredient in curing fever, headache and dizziness.

Odour & Nature:

Bitter, slightly cold-natured, non-toxic,


Roots of cyrtomium fortunei functions by influencing the liver and spleen.

Indications & Formulas:

Porphyrized cyrtomium fortunei root can be taken with water to cope with chronic nosebleeds.

Pills made with peeled cyrtomium fortunei root, vinegar and rice paste can be taken to treat dysentery and severe diarrhea with mucus or blood in the feces.

Powdered cyrtomium fortunei root can be taken with hot wine to remedy bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods.

Ointment made with cyrtomium fortunei root, Angelica root and vegetable oil can be applied externally to remedy head sores.

Powdered cyrtomium fortunei root mixed with vegetable oil can be applied to treat dermatitis (also known as eczema).

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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