Panax Pseudoginseng As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Panax pseudoginseng is a species in the genus Panax. It is also known as Pseudoginseng, Nepal ginseng, Himalayan ginseng, San Qi (Chinese: 三七, 田七). Pseudoginseng belongs to the same scientific genus as ginseng. Panax pseudoginseng is not an adaptogen like the better known Panax species, but it is famous as a hemostatic herb that both invigorates and builds blood, it can also be used to help reduce swelling and ease pain. The famous Yunnan Baiyao (or Yunnan Paiyao; simplified Chinese: 云南白药) is believed to contain panax pseudoginseng as part of its key ingredients to absorb excess bleeding and kill pain.

Odour & Nature:

Sweet, slightly bitter, warm-natured, non-toxic,


Panax pseudoginseng functions by influencing the liver and stomach.

Indications & Formulas:

Panax pseudoginseng is chewed and taken orally with rice soup for treatment of hematemesis.

Powdered panax pseudoginseng is taken orally with rice washing water to cope with diarrhea with viscid red grains.

Powdered panax pseudoginseng is taken with white spirit to heal large intestine bleeding as well as bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods.

Powdered panax pseudoginseng is applied externally to cope with bug bites.

Panax pseudoginseng juice is applied externally to treat a painful red-eye.

A mixture of panax pseudoginseng and vinegar is applied on affected part to treat painful and repeated lumps of pus.

Leaves of panax pseudoginseng can be used in inflammation diminishing and bleeding stopping.

Medicated bath with white cast iron, ferrous sulfate and salix leaf can help to treat typhoid fever in infants.


Administration with caution for pregnant women.

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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