Adenophora Hunanensis Nannf Root As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Adenophora hunanensis nannf (Chinese: Xing Ye Sha Shen) is a Adenophora found only in China at an altitude of 800 to 2000 meters. It is believed that the root of adenophora hunanensis nannf can help to remove heat and cold from body and nourish the lung.

Odour & Nature:

Sweet, slightly bitter, cool-natured


Adenophora hunanensis nannf root works by influencing the lung and liver.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of adenophora hunanensis nannf root, pig kidney, black soybean, shepherd’s-purse, gypsum, ginseng, poria cocos, magnetite, rhizoma anemarrhenae, the root of kudzu vine, Scutellaria baicalensis, radices trichosanthis and licorice root can be used in treating diabetes.

Juice of raw adenophora hunanensis nannf root can be applied externally to heal deep-rooted boils.

Powdered shepherd’s-purse, cinnamon and adenophora hunanensis nannf root can be taken with vinegar soup to treat black gas bubbles under the skin (esp on face).

A decoction of shepherd’s-purse and adenophora hunanensis nannf root can be taken to detoxify hemlock poison.

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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