Health Benefits of Quisqualis Indica – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Quisqualis indica (also known as Chinese honeysuckle or Rangoon creeper, Chinese Pinyin: Shi Jun Zi, Simplified Chinese: 使君子, 舀求子, 史君子, 四君子, 留求子), is a species of perennial vine in genus Combretum (Combretaceae family). Found on hillside, along the roadside, in the field and bushes in Asia, the plant can grow up to 8 m long. The dried fruit of Quisqualis indica is used as analgesic and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as lump in the abdomen.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The dried fruit of Quisqualis indica is considered to have sweet, warm and nontoxic properties and to be associated with the spleen and stomach meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Quisqualis Indica & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Lack of Appetite In Children

Pills made with Mangnolia officinalis, dried tangerine peel, Sichuan lovage rhizome, Quisqualis indica fruit and honey is taken orally to treat lack of appetite in children caused by incoordination between the spleen and the stomach.

3.2 Infant Malnutrition

Powdered Aloe vera and Quisqualis indica fruit is taken with meal to treat infant malnutrition.

3.3 Toothache

A decoction of Quisqualis indica fruit can be used as a mouth wash to relieve toothache.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Overdose on Quisqualis indica fruit may cause hiccups, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea and other reactions.

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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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