Stachys Riederi As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Stachys riederi var. japonica (Miq.) H.Hara is a flowering plant in the genus Stachys (family Lamiaceae), native to Japan and north and east of China (Liao Ning Province and Jiang Su Province). The plant is used in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) as analgesic, depurative and hemostatic (stops bleeding). It is known as Shui Su (水苏, 鸡苏, 香苏, 龙脑薄荷, 芥苴) in Chinese.

2. Odour & Nature:

Pungent, slightly warm-natured, non-toxic.

3. Channels:

Stachys riederi functions by influencing the stomach and small intestine.

4. Uses, Health Benefits of Stachys Riederi & Medical Formulas:

4.1 Gynecologic Diseases and Disorders

A decocation of stachys riederi is taken orally to treat bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods.

4.2 Bleed Stopping

A decocation of stachys riederi leaves is used in treating hematemesis (spitting blood),

Dried stachys riederi is pounded into powder and taken with rice soup to treat coughing with hematemesis.

Pills made with stachys riederi and fragrant fermented soy beans is used externally in treating severe nosebleeds.

4.3 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Pills made with stachys riederi leaves, honey locust, lilac daphne flower (soaked in vinegar and fried) and honey is taken after meal with nepeta cataria soup to treat wind-heat related headache.

4.4 Skin Health

A decoction of stachys riederi leaves is used externally to treat scalp problems.

Powdered stachys riederi is taken orally with wine to treat bug bites and snake bites.

4.5 Deafness

Smashed stachys riederi leaves is used externally to treat sudden deafness.

4.5 Nasosinusitis

Pills made with stachys riederi leaves, Sichuan lovage rhizome, the root bark of white mulberry, astragalus propinquus (roasted), licorice root (roasted), fresh rehamnnia root (baked) and honey is taken with ginseng soup to treat nasosinusitis.

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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