Polygonatum Root As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

By | May 26, 2017

Introduction:

Polygonatum (also known as King Solomon’s-seal / Solomon’s seal, Chinese: 黄精), is a genus of flowering plants. The root of polygonatum is a major herb in traditional Chinese medicine and it is often used in enhancing spleen and supporting lung health.

Odour & Nature:

Sweet, neutral, non-toxic,

Channels:

Polygonatum works by influencing the kidney, lung and spleen.

Indications & Formulas:

Powdered roots of polygonatum and chastetree fruit can be taken with rice soup to tonify the liver and enhance the vision.

Cooked polygonatum root (peeled) is edible, eating polygonatum root daily can help to treat leprosy.

Pills made from roots of polygonatum, honey and boxthorn seeds can be used in healing spleen deficiency related fatigue and weakness.

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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