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Fruit of Common Cnidium

Fruit of Common Cnidium

The Fruit of Common Cnidium, scientifically known as Cnidium monnieri, is a potent herbal remedy widely recognized for its significant therapeutic properties. Known in pinyin as Shechuangzi, and traditionally as "Snake-Bed Seed," this plant has a rich history rooted in Chinese folklore and medicinal practices. Its narrative ties to an enchanting lore, reflecting its power to treat ailments, and its intriguing aphrodisiac properties.

The Lore of the Snake-Bed Seed

According to traditional folklore, the power of the Fruit of Common Cnidium came to light during a severe outbreak of a strange skin disease in a small village. The disease caused uncontrollable itchiness, boils, and eruptions across the skin, spreading rapidly among the inhabitants.

The only known cure for this debilitating condition was an herb that grew on a nearby island, infamous for its venomous snake population. The herb was deemed Snake-Bed Seed because of the snakes' fondness for resting on this plant. The island was so fraught with serpents that many villagers feared to embark on a journey to retrieve the herb.

However, desperation drove several courageous individuals to brave the dangerous mission. It was only when the third adventurer sought the advice of a wise nun, who recommended using regular wine to subdue the snakes, that the mission was successful. The young man returned with the herb, curing the villagers of their maladies and solidifying the status of the Snake-Bed Seed as a formidable medicinal herb.

Medicinal Properties and Usage

The ripe fruit and seeds of the Common Cnidium plant are primarily used for their medicinal properties. The herb exhibits a pungent and bitter flavor, with a warm energy, making it ideal for the treatment of conditions related to deficiencies and external ailments.

Its effects primarily channel through the kidneys and the sanjiao (a term in traditional Chinese medicine referring to the body's three major cavities). The Fruit of Common Cnidium has potent actions that aid in destroying worms, drying up dampness, and, notably, strengthening yang, the active and masculine energy in the body.

This herb is a common prescription for ailments such as chronic tinea and scabies, eczema involving the scrotum, itchy genitalia in women, and notably, impotence. This latter indication, coupled with its yang-enhancing properties, has earned the Fruit of Common Cnidium the reputation of a powerful aphrodisiac herb.

Modern scientific explorations suggest that the fruit can stimulate the production of sex hormones, substantiating its traditional aphrodisiac reputation. However, like any potent medicine, it is important to note that this herb may possess slight toxicity and should be used under professional guidance.

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