Eucalyptus (An Shu and An Ye)
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus globulus
Eucalyptus can be used as an insect repellant, an expectorant, and a mouthwash. Used by the Aborigines to heal wounds it is also a tree that has been used to transform swampy environments infested with malaria into habitable neighborhoods.
Below is an overview of eucalyptus, combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of eucalyptus.
Western Name: Eucalyptus
Also Known As: Blue Gum Tree, Stringy Bark Tree, Strawberry Gum, Fever Tree Leaf
Organs/Systems: Lung, Immunity
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Stimulant, Antiseptic, Disinfectant, Analgesic, Anodyne, Antibacterial, Anti-cancer, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Bitter, Depurative, Refrigerant, Vulnerary, Diuretic, Astringing. Mouthwash, some antimalarial action, tuberculosis, bronchitis, croup, allergies, arthritis, burns, cuts and wounds, herpes, and sore throats. Opens the lungs and encourages breathing. It also treats respiratory infections, expels worms, and reduces blood sugar levels.
Pin Yin: An Shu (whole tree) and An Ye (leaf only)
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Lung, Bladder
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Promotes Sweating/Releases to the Exterior/ Relieves Wind Heat: sore throat, cold, aches, pains, sinusitis, headaches, acute rheumatism. Soothes Lungs/Expels Phlegm: bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis. Clears Toxins/Supports Immunity: lung infections, urogenital infections, skin eruptions. Reduces Inflammation: relieve nerve pain, neuralgia, wounds, burns. Expels Parasites/Repels Insects: roundworm, pinworm, lice, and is an insect repellant.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Oil of the Leaves, Leaves
Flavors/Temps: Aromatic, Pungent, Slightly Bitter, Cool, Dry, Moist
Caution: None noted.
History/Folklore: The name of the tree derives from the Greek word “eucalyptus” meaning well covered in reference to the trees membrane covered flowers. Known to be used by the Australian Aborigines to heal wounds and fungal infections. They refer to it as “malee.” It is the main food for the Koala Bear. Some seeds, having been sent to France in 1857, were planted in Algiers and thrived exceedingly well. Trottoir, the botanical superintendent, found that the value of the fragrant antiseptic exhalations of the leaves in treating fevers associated with marshy districts far exceeded the amazingly powerful drying action of the roots on the soil. Five years after planting the eucalyptus, one of the most marshy and unhealthy districts of Algiers was converted into one of the healthiest and driest. As a result, the rapidly growing eucalyptus trees are now largely cultivated in many temperate regions with the view of preventing malarial fevers. The essential oil of eucalyptus used in medicine is obtained by aqueous distillation of the fresh leaves. The ingredient of ‘catheter oil’ is used to sterilize and lubricate urethral catheters. In 1890, eucalyptus was introduced into China by the Italians and the French as an ornamental tree. China now has the second largest planting of eucalyptus in the world. Eucalyptus is used in Ayurveda for its expectorant and topical applications to relieve headaches due to colds.
Eucalyptol (also known as Cineol), Pinenes, Sesquiterpene alcohols, Aromadendrene, Cuminaldehyde, Bitter, Flavonoid Pigment, Tannin.
The oils from each species can vary wildly in function and properties. Essentially there are three main types of oils: medicinal, industrial and aromatic.
Treats Distemper in Dogs
Used in veterinary practice the oil is administered to horses to treat influenza and in dogs to treat distemper.
Excellent Cold Remedy
Eucalyptus is one of the best-known cold remedies.
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