Peucedanum Japonicum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Peucedanum Japonicum (also known as coastal hogfennel, Chinese: Fang Kui, 防葵), a species of flowering plant in genus Peucedanum (Apiaceae family). The root of Peucedanum Japonicum acts as depurative, blood circulation promoter and antitussive in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including swelling, metal disorder, typhoid fever and coughing.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Peucedanum Japonicum is considered to have pungent, cold and non-toxic properties and to be associated with the lung, liver, spleen, stomach and kidney meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Peucedanum Japonicum & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Powdered peucedanum japonicum is taken orally with warm wine to relieve swelling.

3.2 Typhoid Fever And Metal Disorder

A decoction of peucedanum japonicum, costus root, root of scutellaria baicalensis and radix bupleuri is taken orally to treat typhoid fever as well as certain mental disorder.

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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