Health Benefits of Sargassum Pallidum – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Sargassum pallidum (scientific name: Sargassum pallidum (Turn.) C. Ag., also known as Herba Sargassi, Chinese Pinyin: Hai Zao, Simplified Chinese: 海蒿子, 海藻, 落首, 海萝, 藫, 海藻菜, 乌菜, 海带花), is a species of seaweed in genus Sargassum (botanical brown algae family, Sargassaceae). Found in the sea all over the world, the plant can grow up to 60 cm tall. Dried Sargassum pallidum is used as expectorant, lump resolver, diuretic and discutient (reducing swelling) in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as scrofula of the neck.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Sargassum pallidum is considered to have bitter, brackish and cold properties and to be associated with the liver, stomach and kidney meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Sargassum Pallidum & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Scrofula

Medicated wine with Sargassum pallidum can be taken orally in treating scrofula of the neck.

3.2 Hernia

A decoction of Sargassum pallidum, Ecklonia kurome and foeniculum vulgare is taken internally to heal hernia in small intestine.

3.3 Abdominal Obesity

A decoction of Sargassum pallidum and wine can be taken to treat abdominal obesity and reduce belly fat.

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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