Wild Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum Indicum) As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Wild chrysanthemum (scientific name: Chrysanthemum Indicum, Chinese: Ye Ju, 野菊), a species of flowering plant in genus Chrysanthemum (Asteraceae family), native to Asia and northeastern Europe. The dried flower bud of wild chrysanthemum acts as discutient (reducing swelling) and antipyretic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) used in treating diseases including eczema, sores, skin ulcers and sore throats.

2. Odour & Nature:

Bitter, pungent, warm-natured, low toxicity.

3. Channels:

Wild chrysanthemum functions by influencing the lung and kidney.

4. Uses, Health Benefits of Wild Chrysanthemum & Medical Formulas:

4.1 Skin Health

A decoction of smashed wild chrysanthemum is taken orally with wine to treat inflammatory process of tissue of unknown origin.

A decoction of wild chrysanthemum roots and jujube wood is used externally to cope with eczema.

Smashed wild chrysanthemum mixed with vinegar is applied externally to treat diphtheria (a potentially fatal contagious bacterial infection that mainly affects the nose and throat, and sometimes the skin).

Smashed wild chrysanthemum roots is used in treating scorpion bites.

4.2 Acute Mastitis

Smashed wild chrysanthemum leaves mixed with brown sugar are applied on affected part to treat acute mastitis.

4.3 Malaria

A decoction of wild chrysanthemum is taken orally to prevent malaria.

5. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

People with deficiency in spleen and stomach should avoid taking medicine that contains wild chrysanthemum.

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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