Radix Sileris As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Radix sileris is an herbal plant native to China. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine in dispelling wind, relieving pain and curing related diseases. It is also known as Fang Feng (防风).

Odour & Nature:

Pungent, sweet, slightly warm-natured,


Radix sileris functions by influencing the bladder, lung, spleen and liver.

Indications & Formulas:

A mixture of calcined gypsum, radix sileris, schizonepeta (荆芥), asarum (细辛) and angelica root(白芷) can be pounded and used in tooth brushing to treat gastropyretic toothache.

A mixture of azurite, viter rotundifolia (蔓荆子), dried ginger, radix sileris can be pounded into powder and used with the method of insufflation to treat painful red eyes.

Serpentine, radix sileris, ligusticum wallichii (川芎), chamomile flowers, radix aconiti carmichaeli (附子), lappa and Zhi Gan Cao (Processed Licorice Root, Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata) can be processed into powder for internal taking to treat macula of retina.

Powdered desmodium heterophyllum, cortex acanthopanacis and radix sileris can be taken internally to cope with postpartum stroke.

A decoction of cortex lycii radicis, Zhi Gan Cao (Processed Licorice Root, Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata) and fresh ginger is taken to cope with tuberculosis (an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, it generally affects the lungs).

A decoction of rhizome of cocculus orbiculatus, radix sileris and radix semiaquilegiae is taken to treat urinary tract infection.

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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