Bletilla Striata Roots As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

By | June 1, 2017

Introduction:

Bletilla striata, also called hyacinth orchid, is a species of orchid native to Japan, Korea, Myanmar (Burma), and China. Its root is adopted in traditional Chinese medicine (where it is known as Bai Ji, 白及) for treating problems with the lining of the alimentary canal, such as ulcers.

Odour & Nature:

Bitter, sweet, astringent, slightly cold in nature, non-toxic.

Channels:

Bletilla striata functions by influencing the lung, liver and stomach.

Indications & Formulas:

Powdered bletilla striata roots mixed with saliva can be applied on bridge of the nose to treat severe nosebleeds. Collaboratively, powder of bletilla striata roots can be taken orally with water to facilitate the healing process.

A decoction of bletilla striata roots and pomegranate peel can be used to relieve chest pain.

A mixture of bletilla striata roots, common monkshood mother root can be used externally to treat vaginal prolapse.

Powdered bletilla striata roots mixed with water can be applied on affected part to treat deep-rooted boils as well as chapped skin in winter.

Powdered bletilla striata roots can be taken orally with wine to cope with injuries from falls, fractures, contusions and strains.

A mixture of bletilla striata roots and calcined gypsum can be used externally to heal knife wounds.

Powdered bletilla striata roots mixed with vegetable oil can be used externally to heal skin burns.

Powdered bletilla striata roots can be taken orally with rice soup to treat internal injury caused haematemesis.

Contraindication:

Bletilla striata roots cannot be prescribed with radix aconiti carmichaeli.

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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