Gentiana Macrophylla As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Introduction:

Gentiana macrophylla (commonly known as the large leaf gentian) is a herbal plant found in China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia. The rhizome of gentiana macrophylla is used for medication in traditional Chinese medicine where it is named Qin Jiao (Chinese: 秦艽), it is a main herb in treating a range of diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis and jaundice. Effective chemical constituents found by modern medical science are gentianine, gentianidine, gentiopicroside and gentianol.

Odour & Nature:

Bitter, neutral, non-toxic,

Channels:

Gentiana macrophylla functions by influencing the stomach, liver and gallbladder.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of rhizome of gentiana macrophylla is taken to treat difficult painful urination.

Powdered rhizome of gentiana macrophylla is applied externally to treat chronic skin ulcers.

Medicated wine with rhizome of gentiana macrophylla is taken on an empty stomach to treat jaundice.

A decoction of rhizome of gentiana macrophylla and Zhi Gan Cao (processed licorice root, radix glycyrrhizae preparata, 炙甘草, 灸甘草) is taken in treating severe diarrhea.

A decoction of milk and rhizome of gentiana macrophylla is taken to cope with fever related polydipsia.

A mixture of rhizome of gentiana macrophylla, radix bupleuri and licorice root are pounded and taken with warm water to treat tuberculosis (an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, it generally affects the lungs).

A decoction of rhizome of gentiana macrophylla, Zhi Gan Cao (processed licorice root, radix glycyrrhizae preparata, 炙甘草, 灸甘草), fried deer horn gelatin (Lu Jiao Jiao, 鹿角胶), artemisia argyi and sticky rice is taken to prevent miscarriage.

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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