Botanical Name – Cornus officinalis
Chinese Name – SHAN ZHU YU
English Name – Asiatic Cornelian Cherry
Cornus officinalis is a species of dogwood known also as Japanese cornel or Japanese cornelian cherry, Japanese Dogwood or Cornelian cherries. Cornus can be deciduous shrubs or trees, or creeping, woody-based perennials, some with brightly coloured young stems. Tiny flowers are borne in dense clusters.
It is native to Northeast China, Japan and Korea. It is a Medium-sized tree, growing up to about 8 m. Small yellow flowers appear in February/March, followed by shiny red edible fruiting berries.
Shan Zhu Yu has been used for at least 2,000 years in Chinese herbal medicine.
Medicinal Action and Uses
Antibacterial – The fruit has antibacterial actions, inhibiting the growth of Bacillus dysenteriae and Staphylococcus.
Astringent –Cornus is used principally to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding and unusually active secretions.
Diuretic – It is also used to treat copious sweating and excessive urination. Like all herbs that suppress bodily fluids (even excessive ones), it will simply prolong or lead to a worsening of symptoms if it is used without tonic or detoxifying herbs. It is, therefore, normally used in combination with herbs such as Rehmannia glutinosa.
Sexual Health – with its ability to supress excessive bodily secretions, Cornus is used in Chinese Herbal Medicine to aid Spermatorrhea.
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