Serrate Chloranthus As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Serrate chloranthus is in the genus of chloranthus which are woody or weakly woody plants occurring in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Madagascar, Central and South America, and the West Indies. Serrate chloranthus is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine where it is known as Ji Ji (及己). Serrate chloranthus is an effective medicine in treating injuries from falls, fractures, contusions and strains; it is also used for clearing internal heat and detoxicating.

Odour & Nature:

Bitter, neutral, toxic,


Serrate chloranthus functions by influencing the liver.

Indications & Formulas:

Pounded serrate chloranthus can be applied externally to heal injuries from falls, fractures, contusions and strains.

A decoction of serrate chloranthus can be used externally to treat harmful and painful sores.

A mixture of powdered serrate chloranthus, vegetable oil and hibiscus syriacus can be used to cope with head sores.

Proper dosage of serrate chloranthus can be taken with Shaoxing wine to remedy amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation).

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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