Hangzhou White Chrysanthemum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Chrysanthemums (also known as mums, chrysanths, Ju Hua 菊花), are flowering and ornamental plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China. Dried chrysanthemums flower bud is used in chrysanthemum tea which can be taken daily and is a good source of Vitamin Bs like choline, folacin, niacin as well as riboflavin.

Hangzhou White Chrysanthemum (also known as chrysanthemum morifolium, Hang Ju, 杭菊) is one of the four major traditional medical chrysanthemums in China. It has heat-clearing and detoxifying effect.

1. Hangzhou White Chrysanthemum, 杭菊;
2. Bozhou Chrysanthemum, 亳菊;
3. Chuzhou Chrysanthemum, 滁菊;
4. Henan Chrysanthemum, 怀菊

2. Odour & Nature:

Pungent, sweet, bitter, slightly cold-natured.

3. Channels:

Hangzhou White Chrysanthemum functions by influencing the lung and liver.

4. Uses, Health Benefits of Hangzhou White Chrysanthemum & Medical Formulas:

4.1 Cold And Flu

A decoction of Hangzhou white chrysanthemum, mulberry leaves, fructus forsythiae, wild mint and platycodon root is taken orally to treat wind-heat type common cold.

4.2 Enhancing The Kidney And Liver

Pills made with Hangzhou white chrysanthemum, boxthorn seeds, prepared rehmannia root and corns officinalis fruits is used in clearing heat from liver and enhancing the kidney and liver, it helps with dim vision caused by deficiencies of the liver and kidneys.

Prescribed with sea-ear shell, mother of pearl and the root of bidentate achyranthes, Hangzhou white chrysanthemum can help to clear heat accumulated in liver and treat dizziness and convulsions.

4.3 Skin Health

Medicated soup with Hangzhou white chrysanthemum, honeysuckle and fresh licorice root is taken orally to treat swollen and malignant boils.

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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