Anti-Tumor Herbal Medicine – White Lentils

Many people know about white lentil and many people like to eat it, but it is also a common traditional Chinese medicine.

White lentils are native to India, Indonesia and other such tropical regions, probably in the Han and Jin dynasties when they were introduced to China, and quickly accepted by the general public.

The earliest written records of white lentils are found in the “Records of the Famous Physicians” written by Tao Hongjing during the Qi Liang period of the Southern Dynasty. Li Shizhen, the Sage of Medicine, also pointed out in his book “Compendium of Materia Medica”: “Take white lentils with a hard shell, fry them with the skin on, and use them as medicine.

As a traditional Chinese medicine, white lentils are sweet and smooth in nature, and belong to the spleen and stomach meridians. It has therapeutic effects of strengthening the spleen, nourishing the stomach, and eliminating summer heat and dampness, and is often used in prescriptions for “tonifying the spleen and stomach”.

In the treatment of tumors, this product is suitable for patients with tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and other tumors that have lost spleen and stomach functions.
It is often combined with Atractylodis Macrocephalae, Poria, Coix Seed, and Cardamom Seed to treat tumors of the gastrointestinal tract where the temper is weak and the dampness and internal obstruction are present.
It is often used in combination with Huo Xiang, Pei Lan, Hou Pu, Ze Di, and Coix Seed to treat tumor patients with summer dampness and loss of spleen and stomach transport and transformation.
In addition, it is also used for spleen deficiency and diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, and self-induced.

So people with a bad spleen and stomach can try cooking some white lentils to eat, but in moderation. In fact, white lentils are a treasure, its peel (lentil coat), flowers and leaves can be used in medicine.

Lentil clothing strengthens the spleen, resolves dampness, and is used to treat dysentery, diarrhea, athlete’s foot, and swelling.
Lentil flowers can resolve summer heat and dampness, harmonize the middle and strengthen the spleen, and are used to treat summer injury, fever, diarrhea, dysentery, red and white vaginal discharge, and bruises and swellings.
Lentil leaves can reduce heat and dampness, detoxify and reduce swelling, and are used to treat summer dampness and vomiting, sores and boils, and snake and insect bites.

However, keep in mind that it needs to be applied under the guidance of a medical professional.