Polygonatum Odoratum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Polygonatum odoratum (Chinese 葳蕤 or 玉竹) is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae. Polygonatum odoratum is an important herb in Chinese medicine, it can be prescribed with other herbs to moisten the lung and reinforce the stomach.

Odour & Nature:

Sweet, neutral, non-toxic,


A decoction of polygonatum odoratum can be used in treating difficult painful urination.

Polygonatum odoratum works by influencing the lung, kidney and stomach.

A decoction of polygonatum odoratum, root of common peony, Angelica sinensis and coptis can be taken internally to help relieve red painful eyes.

A decoction of polygonatum odoratum, mint, ginger and honey can be used as a treatment for eye floaters (such as seeing black or gray spots in vision).

A decoction of polygonatum odoratum, soapstone and musa basjoo fruit can be taken to cope with urinary tract infection.

A decoction of polygonatum odoratum, radix semiaquilegiae, poria cocos and common hogfenneI root can be used as a therapy for periorbital puffiness (also known as “puffy eyes”).

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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