Peucedanum Praeruptorum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Peucedanum is a genus of flowering plant in the carrot family, Apiaceae. The rhizome of peucedanum praeruptorum is used in traditional Chinese medicine (where it is called Qian Hu, 前胡) in clearing heat and eliminating phlegm.

Odour & Nature:

Bitter, pungent, slightly cold in nature,


The rhizome of peucedanum praeruptorum functions by influencing the lungs.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of polygonatum odoratum, radix semiaquilegiae, poria cocos and rhizome of peucedanum praeruptorum can be used as a therapy for periorbital puffiness (also known as “puffy eyes”).

A decocation of polygonatum odoratum, pig spine, pig’s bile, urine of boys under ten, radix bupleuri, rhizomes of picrorhizae, fructus mume and onion is taken orally to treat tuberculosis (an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, it generally affects the lungs).

Pills made with rhizome of peucedanum praeruptorum can be used in coping with baby cries at night.

A mixture of rhizome of peucedanum praeruptorum, polygonatum odoratum, radix semiaquilegiae, gentiana scabra and poria cocos is taken to treat swelling related to a seizure (heat accumulated under the skin may cause body swelling, such as facial swelling).

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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