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MATERIA MEDICA
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 189-192

Curculigo (仙茅): A Gift from Brahman (婆罗门) Monks


1 Department of Geriatrics, Longhua Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China
2 Department of Chinese Materia Medica, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Baican Yang
Department of Chinese Materia Medica, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai
China
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/CMAC.CMAC_39_19

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Curculigo (仙茅) is also called “Only Thatch Root,” “Ground Palm,” and “Brahman Ginseng.” The name of the “Only Thatch Root” vividly describes its shape characteristics. The nickname “Ground Palm” figuratively shows its growth environment and form feature. The another name “Brahman Ginseng” emphasizes the source, the value, and the efficiency of the immortal grass. The name of “Curculigo” fully expresses its function feature and the application to the ancient regimen culture. Curculigo is not only a sacrificial offering often used by Brahmins to pray for good fortune and dispel disasters, but also used as a special medicine for nobles to live longer. After its introduction into China, Curculigo has been widely applied in both religious development and health preservation.


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