Health Benefits of Calystegia Sepium – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Calystegia sepium (scientific name: Calystegia sepium (Linn.) R. Br., also known as hedge bindweed, Rutland beauty, bugle vine, heavenly trumpets, bellbind, granny-pop-out-of-bed, Chinese Pinyin: Xuan Hua, Simplified Chinese: 旋花, 筋根花, 鼓子花, 篱打碗, 野牵牛), is a species of perennial flowering herbaceous plant in genus Calystegia (botanical morning-glory family, Convolvulaceae). Found along roadsides, on the hillside and in the fileds (usually from between 140 to 2,600 meters in elevation) in Europe and Asia, the plant can grow up to 5 m tall. The root and flower of Calystegia sepium are used as skin beautifier, tonic and detoxicant in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as bedwetting.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The flower of Calystegia sepium is considered to have sweet properties and to be associated with the kidney and lung meridians.

The root of Calystegia sepium is considered to have pungent, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the kidney and lung meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Calystegia Sepium & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Pigmented Naevus

Smashed Calystegia sepium root can be appilied externally to treat pigmented naevus.

3.2 Bedwetting

A decoction of Calystegia sepium flower is used to treat bedwetting.

3.3 Improve Kidney Function, Promote Vitality And Sexual Energy

Pills made with fossil fragments, raspberry, lotus stamen, Calystegia sepium flower, Euryale ferox fruit and Rosa laevigata fruit is taken orally with warm wine to improve kidney function and promote vitality and sexual energy.

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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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