Chinese Moccasin (Qi She or Bai Hua She)

Chinese Moccasin (Qi She or Bai Hua She)

Chinese Moccasin is commonly known as Qi She, Bai Hua She, Sharp-Nosed pit viper, or Deinagkistrodon acutus, which is an oviparous pit vipers belonging to the family Viperidae. It is a rare animal medicine, which first appeared in <Lei Gong Pao Zhi Lun> (Master Lei’s Discourse on Processing of Chinese Materia Medica) in the Northern …

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Chuan Wu (Radix Aconiti)

Chuan Wu (Radix Aconiti)

Chuan Wu also known as Radix Aconiti is the mother root of Aconitum carmichaelii, which is an erect perennial herb belonging to the family Ranunculaceae. It is a relatively practical and common Chinese herbal medicine, which first appeared in <Shennong Ben Cao Jing> in the late Western Han Dynasty (about 100 BC). Aconitum carmichaelii is …

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Wei Ling Xian (Radix Clematidis)

Wei Ling Xian (Radix Clematidis)

Wei Ling Xian commonly known as Radix Clematidis is the root and rhizome of Clematis chinensis, Clematis hexapstala, or Clematis manshurica, which is a perennial deciduous vine belonging to the family Ranunculaceae. It is a relatively practical Chinese herbal medicine, which first appeared in <Tang Ben Cao> in 659 AD. There are about 300 species …

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Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis or Pubescent Angelica Root)

Du Huo (Radix Angelicae Pubescentis or Pubescent Angelica Root)

Du Huo also known as Radix Angelicae Pubescentis or Pubescent Angelica Root is the root of Angelica pubescens, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Umbelliferae. It is a relatively practical and antirheumatic Chinese herbal medicine, which first appeared in <Shennong Ben Cao Jing> in the late Western Han Dynasty (about 100 BC). …

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Qian Jin Zi (Semen Euphorbiae Lathyridis)

Qian Jin Zi (Semen Euphorbiae Lathyridis)

Qian Jin Zi commonly known as Semen Euphorbiae Lathyridis, Caper Euphorbia Seed, or Caper Euphorbia Seed is the ripe seed of Euphorbia lathyris, which is an erect biennial (occasionally annual) herb belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae. It first appeared in <Shu ben cao> (Materia Medica of Sichuan) around 935AD-960AD. Euphorbia lathyris is commonly known as …

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Ba Dou (Croton Seed, Croton Fruit, or Fructus Crotonis)

Ba Dou (Croton Seed, Croton Fruit, or Fructus Crotonis)

Ba Dou also known as Croton Seed, Croton Fruit, or Fructus Crotonis is the mature fruit of Croton tiglium, which is an evergreen tree belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae. It is a relatively practical and common Chinese herbal medicine, which first appeared in <Shennong Ben Cao Jing> in the late Western Han Dynasty (about 100 …

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Qian Niu Zi (Semen Pharbitidis or Morning Glory Seed)

Qian Niu Zi (Semen Pharbitidis or Morning Glory Seed)

Qian Niu Zi also known as Semen Pharbitidis or Morning Glory Seed is the seed of Pharbitis nil or Pharbitis purpurea, which is an annual twining herb belonging to the family Convolvulaceae. It is a commonly used Chinese herbal medicine, which first appeared in <Mingyi Bie Lu> around 420-589 AD. Pharbitis nil is commonly known …

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Shang Lu (Poke Root or Phytolaccae Radix)

Shang Lu (Poke Root or Phytolaccae Radix)

Shang Lu commonly known as Poke Root or Phytolaccae Radix is the root of Phytolacca acinosa or Phytolacca americana, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Phytolaecaceae. It first appeared in <Shennong Ben Cao Jing> in the late Western Han Dynasty (about 100 BC). There are 35 species of Phytolacca, including herbs, shrubs, …

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Yuan Hua (Genkwa Flos or Genkwa Flower)

Yuan Hua (Genkwa Flos or Genkwa Flower)

Yuan Hua also known as Genkwa Flos or Genkwa Flower is the flower bud of Daphne genkwa, which is a deciduous shrub belonging to the family Thymelaeaceae. It is a well-known and widely used traditional Chinese medicine with a medicinal history of over 2,000 years. Daphne genkwa is commonly known as Lilac daphne, which is …

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Jing Da Ji (Radix Euphorbiae Pekinensis)

Jing Da Ji (Radix Euphorbiae Pekinensis)

Jing Da Ji commonly known as Radix Euphorbiae Pekinensis is the root of Euphorbia pekinensis, which is a perennial herb belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae. It is a commonly used laxative, which first appeared in <Shennong Ben Cao Jing> in the late Western Han Dynasty (about 100 BC). This plant likes a warm and humid …

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