An Herb Story – San Qi (Notogensen Root)

December 2, 2010 Trisha Han Oriental Herbal Medicine

Today let me share an herbal story with you – San Qi (means 37 in Chinese) (Notoginseng root). It can help to stop bleeding; promote blood circulation, heal swelling and relieve pain.

Long ago, there was a man named Zhang Xiao Er, who was dying due to some kind of hemorrhage disease (a copious blood discharge from the blood vessels). Anxious to save his son’s life, Zhang’s mother found a doctor named Tian, and the doctor prescribed an herb that eventually cured the disease. The doctor left the seed of the herb to Zhang before his departure, telling him to plant this seed just in case he should need it in the future.

Zhang planted the seed as the doctor suggested, and the herb flourished just after one year. One day, when he heard that the governor’s daughter also suffered from hemorrhage, he dug out the herb and sent it to the governor, hoping to receive a reward in return. However, instead of recovering from the disease like Zhang expected, the condition of the governor’s daughter didn’t improve and she died soon.
The governor was furious and had his men arrested Zhang. After series of tortures, Zhang told the governor that Tian was the one giving him this “harmful” medicine. Therefore, believing that Tian was trying to make a fortune by providing useless and harmful medicine to patients, the governor also had Tian arrested. Tian explained that this herb did have miraculous curative effect for hemorrhage diseases, but it had to be grown for at least 3 to 7 years for the herb to be effective. Since the herb Zhang offered to the governor had only been grown for a year, it was unable to save the governor’s daughter because the herb had no medicinal value.

In order to demonstrate the effect of the herb, Tian sliced his own thigh with a knife, and his thigh started to bleed immediately. He then grounded the herb into fine powder and took in a part of the powder, while the rest were applied onto the wound. Miraculously, the bleeding stopped instantly and the wound started to heal. After witnessing the sight, the governor believed Tian’s explanation and released him. In order to prevent any future misuses of the herb, Tian named the herb “three seven”, meaning that this herb had to be grown for 3 to 7 years before it can be used as a medicine.

Trisha Han, Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
Mother Nature’s Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
Austin, TX
Phone: (512) 217-3855

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