Adenophora Root As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Adenophora is a genus of flowering plants in the family Campanulaceae, the bellflowers. Plants of this genus are known commonly as ladybells. Adenophora roots is a major herb in traditional Chinese medicine. It is believed that adenophora roots is effective in nourishing human body and removing heat from the lung to relieve cough as well as curing headaches. Cooked adenophora root is also edible.

Odour & Nature:

Sweet, bitter, neutral, non-toxic,


Adenophora roots works by influencing the lung and stomach.

Indications & Formulas:

Boiled water with adenophora root is helpful in removing heat from the lung to relieve cough.

Powdered adenophora root can be taken with wine to relieve pain in the vulva or pelvis.

Powdered adenophora root can be taken with rice soup to treat leukorrhea (a thick, whitish or yellowish vaginal discharge).

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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