Kalimeris Indica As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Kalimeris indica (also known as Indian aster, Indian Kalimeris, Ma Lan, 马兰, 紫菊), is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant in the family Asteraceae (Compositae). The plants widely occurs in eastern Asian countries of China, Korea and Japan. Kalimeris indica is a major herb in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) as a detoxicant, discutient and hemostatic.

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, neutral, non-toxic,


Kalimeris indica functions by influencing the lung, liver, stomach and large intestine.

Uses, Health Benefits of Kalimeris Indica & Medical Formulas:

Relieving Fever, Swelling And Pain

Kalimeris indica juice mixed with water is taken orally to treat malaria, a serious disease carried by mosquitoes, which causes periods of fever.

Chewing fresh kalimeris indica root helps to treat cholera.

A decoction of dried root of kalimeris indica, black soya bean, wheat and wine is taken before meal to treat painful urination.

Fresh kalimeris indica leaves (crushed) mixed with honey is applied externally to treat skin blisters and swelling.

A decoction of kalimeris indica root, portulaca oleracea and plantain leaves is taken orally to clear heat and promote diuresis.

A decoction of kalimeris indica root and root of cirsium setosum is taken internally for cooling blood, eliminating stasis and improving blood circulation.

Bleed Stopping

Powdered kalimeris indica leaves, eclipta prostrata, rosin and honeylocust leaves can be used externally to stop bleeding.

Throat Impediment

Vinegar mixed with smashed kalimeris indica leaves and roots is used in treating throat impediment.


A mixture of kalimeris indica leaves, licorice root and vinegar is used externally to treat erysipelas (an acute streptococcal infectious disease of the skin, characterized by fever, headache, vomiting, and purplish raised lesions, especially on the face, also called Saint Anthony’s fire, Chinese: 丹毒).


Smashed kalimeris indica leaves and wild shallot are applied externally on affected part to reduce fluid retention and swelling in cancer patients.

Research And Studies:

Researches found out that extract from kalimeris indica has anti-tumor effect on leukemia cells.

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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