Health Benefits of Nuphar Pumila – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Nuphar pumila (scientific name: Nuphar pumilum (Hoffm.) DC.; also known as least water-lily, small yellow pond-lily and dwarf water-lily, Chinese Pinyin: Ping Peng Cao, Simplified Chinese: 萍蓬草, 黄金莲, 萍蓬莲, 水粟, 水栗子) is a species of perennial acquatic plant in genus Nuphar (water lilies family, Nymphaeaceae). Found in lakes, ponds and slow-flowing parts of rivers from Northern and Central Europe to Northern Asia, with a few noted habitats in North America, the plant can grow up to 50 cm tall. The root and seeds of Nuphar pumila are used as antipyretic, emmenagogue, hemostatic (stops bleeding drug) and antitussive in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as irregular menstruation.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The root of Nuphar pumila is considered to have sweet, cold and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the stomach, spleen and kidney meridians.

The seed of Nuphar pumila is considered to have sweet, astringent, neutral and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the stomach, spleen and kidney meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Nuphar Pumila & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Neurasthenia

Nuphar pumila seeds can be used for food to help to treat neurasthenia.

3.2 Bleeding Stopping

Smashed Nuphar pumila root can be used externally to heal wounds.

3.3 Gynecological Diseases and Disorders

A decoction of Nuphar pumila root can be used to treat irregular menstruation.

4. Research And Studies:

Nuphar pumila root contains desoxynupharidin which can cause respiratory paralysis.

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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 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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