Orobanche Coerulescens As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Orobanche coerulescens (Chinese: Lie Dang, 列当) is a specie native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere, it is in the genus of orobanche (broomrape or broom-rape). It is often found at 850-4000 meters above sea level in the steeply sloped sandy areas. Orobanche coerulescens is a precious and endangered herb and it is often used in enhancing the kidney and strengthening tendons and bones in traditional Chinese medicine.

Odour & Nature:

Warm-natured, sweet, non-toxic,


Orobanche coerulescens works by influencing the liver, kidney and the large intestine.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of orobanche coerulescens can be use internally to heal enteritis and diarrhea in infants.

Powered orobanche coerulescens mixed with wine can be taken daily to treat impotence (a man’s sexual problem in which his penis fails to get hard or stay hard).

Soup with orobanche coerulescens and white spirit can be taken after meal to cope with kidney deficiency caused lumbar 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 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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