Pollia Japonica As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Pollia japonica, known as East Asian pollia in English and Du Ruo (杜若) in Chinese, is a perennial flower in the family Commelinaceae, it is native to East Asia. The rhizome of pollia japonica is a herb in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used as analgesic, discutient (reducing swelling) and deodorant.

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, warm-natured, non-toxic,


The rhizome of pollia japonica functions by influencing the lung, liver, kidney and bladder.

Indications & Formulas:

Pills made with rhizome of pollia japonica and honey is taken orally to treat subcutaneous emphysema (gas or air is in the layer under the skin with pain).

Pounded rhizome of pollia japonica is applied externally to treat snake bites.

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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