Dipsacus Asper As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Dipsacus Asper a species of flowering plant in the genus Dipsacus (family Caprifoliaceae). It is native to Europe, Asia and northern Africa. Its dried root is used as discutient (reducing swelling) and antitussive in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM), it can also enhance the kidney, prevent miscarriage and treat different diseases such as rheumatic arthritis. The plant is call Xu Duan (续断, 和尚头) in Chinese.

2. Odour & Nature:

Bitter, slightly warm-natured, non-toxic,

3. Channels:

Dipsacus asper functions by influencing the liver and kidney.

4. Uses, Health Benefits of Dipsacus Asper & Medical Formulas:

4.1 Boosting Kidney Function

A decoction of dipsacus asper root, pilos deer horn, cistanche and semen cuscutae is taken to treat impotence, nocturnal emission and premature ejaculation.

A decoction of dipsacus asper root, radix sileris and common monkshood mother root is used in treating kidney deficiency related waist and knee pain.

A decoction of dipsacus asper root (9g), boxthorn seeds (9g), semen cuscutae (12g), roots of polygonatum (12g) and deer horn gelatin (12g) is widely used in treating male infertility. Normally, patients should be taking the herbal decoction for a consecutive period of 3 months.

A decoction of dipsacus asper root (12g), the bark of eucommia (9g), Angelica sinensis (12g), morinda officinalis (9g) and epimedium (9g) is taken to treat female infertility. Normally, patients should be taking the herbal decoction for a consecutive period of 1~3 months.

4.2 Relieving Pain And Reducing Swelling

Pills made with dipsacus asper root, Angelica sinensis, papaya and astragalus propinquus is taken to treat injuries from falls, fractures, contusions and strains.

Pig’s kidney cooked with dipsacus asper root is used in treating swelling caused by fluid retention.

4.3 Pregnancy

A decoction of dipsacus asper root, twig and leaf of Chinese arborvitae, Angelica sinensis and Chinese mugwort is taken orally to cope with abnormal vaginal bleeding during pregnancy and prevent miscarriage.

Pills made with semen cuscutae (fried and stewed), loranthus parasiticus, dipsacus asper root and donkey-hide gelatin is used in preventing miscarriage.

4.4 Rheumatic Arthritis

A decoction of dipsacus asper root, schisandra sphenanthera, roots of cynanchum mooreanum, schisandra propinqua, radix clematidis, cynanchum paniculatum and rhizome of cocculusorbiculatus (linnaeus) candolle is taken to treat rheumatic arthritis and relieve pain.

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 ChinaAbout.net. 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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