Anemarrhena Asphodeloides As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Anemarrhena asphodeloides is a plant species in family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae, native to China, Korea, and Mongolia. The root of anemarrhena asphodeloides is a useful herb that can treat lung heat, constipation, diabetes as well as other illnesses.

Odour & Nature:

Bitter, astringent, non-toxic,


Anemarrhena asphodeloides works by influencing the lung, stomach and kidney.

Indications & Formulas:

A mixture of porphyrized root of anemarrhena asphodeloides, the bulb of fritillary, croton and fresh ginger can be taking by chewing to cope with a wet cough with mucus.

Pills made with root of anemarrhena asphodeloides, almond and radish seed can be taken with ginger soup to remedy a chronic cough.

Powdered root of anemarrhena asphodeloides can be mixed with honey and processed into pills for oral taking to help avoid premature labour.

A mixture of vinegar and root of anemarrhena asphodeloides can be applied externally to treat blood diseases causing purplish spots or patches on the skin due to subcutaneous bleeding.

Powdered anemarrhena asphodeloides root can be applied externally to heal paronychia (a soft tissue infection around a fingernail).

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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