Ginseng As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Introduction & Factsheet: Ginseng is any of eleven different varieties of short, slow-growing perennial plants (Ginseng requires 5 to 7 years to mature from seed) with fleshy roots. Ginseng is proven to be effective in restoring and enhancing normal well-being and has become one of the most popular herbal remedies. Many believe that wild ginseng is one of the rare herbs that can bring the dying back to life.

Odour & Nature: Sweet, warm in nature, non-toxic,

Channels: Ginseng works by influencing the lung and spleen.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of fine particles of ginseng can be used in treating deficiency or failure of the kidney, it may also be able to bring the dying back to life.

A decoction of ginseng, white atractylodes rhizome, poria cocos, Zhi Gan Cao (Processed Licorice Root, Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata), ginger and red dates can be taken before meal to cope with deficiency of vital energy.

A mixture of ginseng, raw radix aconiti carmichaeli, raw ginger and egg white can be used as a therapy for inappetency (being hungry, but don’t feel like actually eating anything).

A decoction of ginseng and sappanwood can be a therapy to relieve asthma symptoms after a pregnancy.

A decoction of ginseng, Angelica sinensis, pig’s kidney, sticky rice and white onions can be used in boosting energy levels after childbirth.

Powdered ginseng and deer horn can be taken with soup to cure coughing that are caused by lung deficiency.

Pills made from ginseng soaked in wine, rhizoma smilacis glabrae, edible tulip and honey can be taken to remedy chronic painful muscles and joints.

Powdered astragalus propinquus, ginseng, carrot and honey can be a medical treatment used to restore health from bloody stranguria.

A mixture of red coral, amber, pearl, ginseng, white atractylodes rhizome, Angelica sinensis and arisaema with bile (胆星) are to be pounded into powder; the powder can be taken to treat coma, epilepsy and metal disorders.

Powder gypsum and calcitum can be taken with ginseng decoction to cope with asthma with dyspneic cough.

Powder gypsum and calcitum can be taken with ginseng decoction to cope with asthma with dyspneic cough.

Proper dosage of synthetic cinnabar powder and a decoction of ginseng can be taken internally to treat fright-related bleeding from body orifices.

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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