Siberian Dwarf Pine As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Pinus pumila (also known as Siberian dwarf pine, dwarf Siberian pine, dwarf stone pine, Japanese stone pine, Chinese: 长松, 爬地松), is a native of northeastern Asia. It is usually found at an altitude of 1000-1800m in the areas of damp slopes and rock crevices. Its twigs, leaves and roots can be used as medicinal materials.

Odour & Nature:

Sweet, warm-natured, non-toxic,


Leaves of Siberian dwarf pine works by influencing the lung and kidney.

Indications & Formulas:

Medical wine made with roots of Siberian dwarf pine as well as other materials can be used to boost our immune system and make our body’s natural defenses run more smoothly (other materials include: prepared rehmannia root, raw rehmannia root, astragalus propinquus (processed with honey), dried tangerine or orange peel, Angelica sinensis, Mangnolia officinalis, white paeony root, ginseng, bitter orange, rhizoma atractylodis, pinellia ternata, radix asparagi, tuber of dwarf lilyturf, fructus amomi, coptis, elecampane, Sichuan pepper, walnut kernel, red dates, aged rice and fresh rice).

The leaves and twigs of Siberian dwarf pine can be prescribed with other herbs to remedy asthma and also prevent phlegm from forming and stop coughing.

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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