Health Benefits of Rhododendron Molle – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Rhododendron molle (scientific name: Rhododendron molle (Blume) G. Don, Chinese Pinyin: Yang Zhi Zhu, Simplified Chinese: 羊踯躅, 黄杜鹃, 三钱三, 八里麻, 羊不食草, 闹羊花, 惊羊花, 老虎花, 玉枝), is a species of perennial flowering shrub in genus Rhododendron (heather family Ericaceae). Found on hillsides, grasslands, in the bushwood and under woods (from between 0 to 2,500 meters in elevation) in China and Japan, the plant can grow up to 200 cm tall. The flower of Rhododendron molle is used as carminative, dampness-dispelling drug, stasis-eliminating drug and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis and headache.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The dried flower of Rhododendron molle is considered to have pungent, warm and toxic properties and to be associated with the spleen meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Rhododendron Molle & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Rheumatoid Arthritis

Processed Rhododendron molle is powdered and taken with cow’s milk to treat rheumatoid arthritis with frequent cramping in hands or wrists.

3.2 Paralysis

Pills made with Rhododendron molle flower, dried rehmannia glutinosa root, chastetree fruit, processed silkworm larva, trogopterus dung (peeled), arisaema erubescens, Liquidambar formosana resin and Aconitum carmichaelii root can be taken orally to treat paralysis.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for pregnant women and the infirm.

Long term usage can cause negative consequences.

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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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