Wild Mint As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description:

Wild mint (also known as mentha arvensis, corn mint, Japanese peppermint, field mint, banana mint, Bo He, 薄荷) is a perennial herb in genus Mentha in the family Lamiaceae. The plant is a major herb used as a diaphoretic (it can excite perspiration and sweating), antipyretic and analgesic in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM), it can also treat various skin diseases.

2. Odour & Nature:

Pungent, warm-natured, non-toxic,

3. Channels:

Wild mint functions by influencing the liver and lung.

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

4.1 Relieving Muscular Spasm

Medicated wine with malachite, calomel and mint juice can be used in treatment for acute convulsions.

4.2 Reducing Inflammation And Relieving Pain

Powdered sichuan lovage rhizome, mint and sodium sulfate can be used with the method of insufflation to treat swollen eyes in babies.

A mixture of Angelica root (fried), Sichuan lovage rhizome (fried), licorice root (fried) and aconite are pounded into powder; the powder is taken with mint soup to treat intermittent headache and migraine.

Agastache rugosa, known as Korean mint, blue licorice, purple giant hyssop, Indian mint, wrinkled giant hyssop, is an aromatic herb in genus Agastache in the mint family, native to East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Russian Primorye, Taiwan, and Vietnam). The above surface part of the plant is a major herb in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) where it is known as Huo Xiang (藿香). It is often used for antidiarrheal (stop or slow diarrhea), pain relieving, miscarriage prevention and treating skin diseases.

4.3 Eye Health

A decoction of polygonatum odoratum, mint, ginger and honey can be used as a treatment for eye floaters (such as seeing black or gray spots in vision).

4.4 Fever

Pills made with dried root of sophora flavescens and honey is taken with mint soup to treat high-grade fevers.

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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