Morinda Officinalis As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Morinda officinalis, also known as Indian Mulberry, (Chinese: Ba Ji Tian, 巴戟天) is a plant in the genus of Morinda. Morinda Officinalis root is an herbal ingredient in the traditional Chinese medicine mainly in treating rheumatism, athlete’s foot, kidney deficiency and impotence.

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, sweet, slightly warm-natured, non-toxic,


Morinda officinalis functions by influencing the kidney and liver.

Indications & Formulas:

Medicinal liquor with morinda officinalis and the root of bidentate achyranthes can be used in treating erectile dysfunction (sometimes called impotence).

Pills made with bitter cardamon, morinda officinalis, ovum of mantis, field dodder and wine can be used in treatment for urinary incontinence.

Pills made with semen cuscutae (cooked with wine), morinda officinalis, fructus psoraleae, pilos deer horn, Chinese yam and powdered gedanite can be taken orally to treat gonorrhea.

A decoction of morinda officinalis, prepared rehmannia root, ginseng, cuscuta chinensis, psoralea corylifolia and foeniculum vulgare can help reinforce the kidney in the elderly.

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

A decoction of morinda officinalis, Angelica sinensis, epimedium, rhizoma curculiginis, golden cypress and rhizoma anemarrhenae can help relieve symptoms related to menopause (such as high blood pressure and night sweats).

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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