Licorice Root As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

By | May 22, 2017

Definition: Liquorice or licorice (Chinese: Gan Cao) is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra. Licorice roots offer various health benefits and medical uses. For instance, the hypo acid extracted from liquorice roots is believed to be helpful in stopping carcinogens from causing cancers. Most licorice are grown in arid, semi arid desert area and hill lands.

Odour & Nature: Sweet, neutral, non-toxic,

Channels: Liquorice works by influencing the heart, spleen, lung and stomach.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of licorice root and honey can be used in treatment for cold related sore throats.

A decoction of fried licorice root, platycodon grandiflorum (soaked with washing water of rice for a whole night) and donkey-hide gelatin can be a treatment for lung heat related sore throats.

A decoction of realgar powder, alum and licorice root can be used externally to treat vaginal swelling. Water solution of realgar and indigo naturalis powder can be used to treat normal food poisoning.

A decoction of gypsum, coptis, licorice root can be taken to treat typhoid fever (a serious infectious disease that produces fever and diarrhea and can cause death).

In case of cold sores/fever blisters, after bathing in water containing giant knot weed, peas and licorice root, external application of soapstone powder can help to treat the blisters.

Soapstone powder mixed with licorice root can be taken with honey water to treat sunstroke and painful muscles.

A mixture of asbestos, selenitum, Zhi Gan Cao (Processed Licorice Root, Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata, arisaema erubescens and the bulb of fritillary are to be pounded and taken to treat cough with lung heat.

A mixture of asbestos, gypsum vitreum, Zhi Gan Cao (Processed Licorice Root, Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata), arisaema erubescens and the bulb of fritillary are to be pounded and taken to treat cough with lung heat.

Lime, grin powder and licorice root can be pounded for external application to treat prickly heat.

External application of powdered calcitum, cinnabar, licorice root and resin of kaput wood can cope with bleeding gums.

Serpentine, radix sileris, ligusticum wallichii, chamomile flowers, radix aconiti carmichaeli, lappa and Zhi Gan Cao (Processed Licorice Root, Radix Glycyrrhizae Preparata) can be processed into powder for internal taking to treat macula of retina.

A decoction of amethyst, gypsum rubrum, gypsum, soapstone, white gedanite, red gedanite, rheum officinale, dried ginger, fossil fragments, cassia twig, licorice root and concha ostreae can be a treatment for epilepsy and paralysis.

Chewing a mixture of alum and licorice root can help to treat mouth sores.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu) 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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