Henan Chrysanthemum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Chrysanthemums (also known as mums, chrysanths, Ju Hua 菊花), are flowering and ornamental plants of the genus Chrysanthemum in the family Asteraceae. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Most species originate from East Asia and the center of diversity is in China. Dried chrysanthemums flower bud is used in chrysanthemum tea which can be taken daily and is a good source of Vitamin Bs like choline, folacin, niacin as well as riboflavin.

Henan Chrysanthemum (Chinese: 怀菊), is native to Central China’s Henan Province, the plant can grow up to 150 cm. It is one of the four major traditional medical chrysanthemums in China. The flower bud of Henan Chrysanthemum acts as a bitter tonic (clearing away internal heat), antihypertensive and discutient in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including high blood pressure and coronary disease.

1. Hangzhou White Chrysanthemum, 杭菊;
2. Bozhou Chrysanthemum, 亳菊;
3. Chuzhou Chrysanthemum, 滁菊;
4. Henan Chrysanthemum, 怀菊

2. Odour & Nature:

Sweet, bitter, slightly cold-natured.

3. Channels:

Henan Chrysanthemum functions by influencing the lung and liver.

4. Uses, Health Benefits of Henan Chrysanthemum & Medical Formulas:

4.1 Antibacterial

Henan chrysanthemum extract has a strong inhibitory effect on Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Shigella flexneri.

4.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Pills made with Henan chrysanthemum, honeysuckle, licorice root and boat-fruited sterculia seed is taken orally to treat a sore throat.

A mixture of Henan chrysanthemum, Prunella vulgaris, Semen cassiae and tribulusterrestris is smoked in treating conjunctivitis.

Smashed Henan chrysanthemum leaves is applied externally to treat dental ulcers.

5. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Stop using medicine that contains Henan chrysanthemum once any allergic reactions occur, such as rash.

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 ChinaAbout.net. 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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