Health Benefits of Saxifraga Stolonifera – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Saxifraga stolonifera (scientific name: Saxifraga stolonifera Curt., also known as creeping saxifrage, strawberry saxifrage, creeping rockfoil, Aaron’s beard, mother of thousands, roving sailor, wandering Jew, strawberry begonia or strawberry geranium, Chinese Pinyin: Hu Er Cao, Simplified Chinese: 虎耳草, 石荷叶, 金线吊芙蓉, 老虎耳, 金丝荷叶, 耳朵红), is a species of perennial flowering herbaceous plant in genus Saxifraga (botanical Saxifragaceae family). Found in the forest, shrub, meadow and between the rocks (usually from between 400 to 4,500 meters in elevation) native to Asia, the plant can grow up to 45 cm tall. Saxifraga stolonifera is used as carminative, heat-clearing drug and detoxicant in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as ear discharge (otorrhea).

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Saxifraga stolonifera is considered to have mildly bitter, pungent, cold and low toxicity properties and to be associated with the lung, spleen and large intestine meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Saxifraga Stolonifera & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Fever In Infants

A decoction of Saxifraga stolonifera can be used in treating fever in infants.

3.2 Ear Discharge

Juice extracted from Saxifraga stolonifera is used as drops for ear discharge (otorrhea).

3.3 Skin Health

Dried Saxifraga stolonifera is burned and smoked over affected area to reduce hemorrhoid pain.

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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