Health Benefits of Lindera Angustifolia – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Lindera angustifolia (scientific name: Lindera angustifolia Cheng, also known as Oriental spicebush, Chinese: Jian Zhong Xiao, 见肿消, 绿葡萄, 狭叶山胡椒), a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub in genus Lindera (Lauraceae family) that grows to 6-8′ tall and 3-5′ wide. Found in eastern Asia, roots, stem and leaves of Lindera angustifolia acts as discutient and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases and health problems including stomachache, swelling and scrofula.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The roots, stem and leaves of Lindera angustifolia are considered to have sour and low-to-medium toxicity properties and to be associated with the heart, liver and spleen meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Lindera Angustifolia & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Smashed Lindera angustifolia root and stem is applied externally to treat painful swelling containing pus (abscess).

A decoction of Lindera angustifolia root and stem is taken orally to treat swollen ankles as well as abdominal pain.

3.2 Skin Health

Ash of Lindera angustifolia root mixed with tea oil is applied externally to treat skin ulcer.

A decoction of Lindera angustifolia root and stem is taken orally to treat urticaria.

Eggs cooked with Lindera angustifolia root is taken to treat scrofula.

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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