In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the root of blackberry lily (she-gan) is viewed as bitter and cold in nature and it is mostly used medicinally as a treatment for ailments related to the lungs and liver.
The herb is quite important in Chinese herbal medicine, and it has been included in the official Chinese Pharmacopoeia since 1985.
Medicinal Properties of Blackberry Lily
In western terminology, blackberry lily is regarded to have analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, depurative, expectorant, febrifuge, purgative, and stomachic properties.
The herb has been used as a remedy for numerous ailments such as a sore throat, cataracts, asthma, hoarseness, chronic bronchitis, inflamed tonsils, scrofula, tuberculosis and swollen liver and spleen.
In addition, the herb is believed to have a laxative effect.
The plant has recently gained some interest as a possible supportive treatment for breast cancer but additional studies are needed to fully confirm its uses in that regard.
The herb has been proven to be effective against a variety of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and traditionally it has also been used as an antidote for snake bites.
Externally, the herb has been used in the form of a poultice for minor injuries and skin irritation.
It is still used traditionally as a treatment for rashes that can occur after working long hours in the rice fields (rice field dermatitis).