Health Benefits of Persicaria Maculosa – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Persicaria maculosa (also known as Polygonum persicaria, lady’s thumb, spotted lady’s thumb, Jesusplant, and redshank, Chinese Pinyin: Ma Liao, Simplified Chinese: 马蓼, 大蓼, 墨记草, 春蓼), is a species of annual herbaceous plant in genus Persicaria (Polygonaceae family). Found in Europe, Asia and North America, the plant can grow up to 80 cm tall. The stem and leaves of Persicaria maculosa are used as diaphoretic, dampness-dispelling drug and an aid for digestion in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as arthritis and common cold.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Persicaria maculosa is considered to have pungent, bitter and warm properties and to be associated with the lung, spleen and large intestine meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Persicaria Maculosa & Medical Formulas:

3.1 A Knife Wound

Ointment made with Persicaria maculosa leaves and other herbs (such as root of scutellaria baicalensis) can be applied externally to treat a knife wound.

3.2 Improving Digestion

A decoction of Persicaria maculosa can be used to help the digestive process.

3.3 Intestinal Worms

Fresh Persicaria maculosa juice can be taken orally to kill intestinal worms.

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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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