Health Benefits of Rubus Chingii – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Rubus chingii (scientific name: Rubus chingii Hu, also known as Raspberries, Chinese Pinyin: Fu Pen Zi, Simplified Chinese: 覆盆子, 覆盆, 乌藨子, 小托盘), is a species of flowering plant in genus Rubus (rose family, Rosaceae). Found on hillsides, along road sides and bushes and native to China, the plant can grow up to 3 m tall. The dried fruit of Rubus chingii is used as tonic and eyesight enhancer in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as impotence.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

The dried fruit of Rubus chingii is considered to have sweet, sour and warm properties and to be associated with the liver, kidney and bladder meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Rubus Chingii & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Infertility

A decoction of morinda officinalis, codonopsis pilosula, Rubus chingii, semen cuscutae, medicated leaven and Chinese yam can be used in treating impotence and premature ejaculation in men and cold uterus related infertility.

3.2 Improve Kidney Function, Promote Vitality And Sexual Energy

Pills made with boxthorn seeds, Cuscuta chinensis seeds, Schisandra chinensis, Rubus chingii fruit, plantain seed and honey is taken orally with repeatedly boiled water to promote vitality and sexual energy.

Rubus chingii fruit (soaked in wine) is baked and pounded for internal taking to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

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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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