Musa Basjoo As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Musa Basjoo (also known as Japanese banana, Japanese fibre banana, hardy banana, Chinese: Ba Jiao, 芭蕉, 甘蕉, 夭苴, 芭苴), a species of perennial flowering plant in genus Musa (Musaceae family). Originated from southern China, the plant can grow up to 2.5 meters. The root, stem and flower of Musa Basjoo acts as discutient, antipyretic and diuretic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including cerebral hemorrhage, urinary tract infection, various swelling and common cold.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Musa Basjoo is considered to have sweet, cold and non-toxic properties and to be associated with the heart and liver meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Musa Basjoo & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Cold, Flu, Fever And Coughing

A decoction of musa basjoo fruits is taken orally to treat common cold.

3.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Musa basjoo leave ash mixed with fresh ginger juice is applied externally to treat sores and boils.

A decoction of musa basjoo root juice is used as a mouth wash to relieve wind-heat type toothache.

3.3 Skin Health

A decoction of musa basjoo root juice is used externally to heal rubella with red rash.

3.4 Diabetes

Drinking musa basjoo root juice can be an adjuvant treatment approach for patients with diabetes.

3.5 Heart Health

Ash of musa basjoo flower is taken orally with soup to help with the treatment of coronary heart disease.

3.6 The Excretory System

A decoction of musa basjoo root and eclipta prostrata is taken orally to heal bloody stranguria.

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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