Amethyst As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Amethyst (紫石英, 紫水晶) is a well-known mineral and gemstone. It is the purple variety of the mineral quartz, and it is the most valuable and prized variety.

Odour & Nature: sweet, warm in nature,

Channels: Amethyst works by influencing the heart and liver.

Indications & Formulas:

Calcined and vinegar-quenched amethyst powder, angelica sinensis (当归), polygala tenuifolia (远志), spina date seed (枣仁), fritillaria cirrhosa (川贝母), poria cocos (茯苓), platycladi seed (柏子仁) and coptis (黄连) are to be made into pills for oral taking in the morning to treat dysphoria and insomnia.

Calcined and vinegar-quenched amethyst powder, cyperus rotundus (nut grass, 香附), Angelica sinensis, ligusticum wallichii (川芎), white atractylodes rhizome, boxthorn seeds and prepared rehmannia root are to be made into pills for oral taking to cope with “uterine cold” (characterized by infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss) in women.

Calcined and vinegar-quenched amethyst is to be pounded into powder and mixed with Chinese prickly ash for internal taking to treat lung and airway disorders.

A decoction of amethyst, gypsum rubrum (寒水石), gypsum, soapstone, white gedanite, red gedanite, rheum officinale, dried ginger, fossil fragments, cassia twig, licorice root and concha ostreae can be a treatment for epilepsy and paralysis.

Drinking boiled water with amethyst grains inside can help relieve tiredness/fatigue and palpitation.

Vinegar-quenched amethyst is to be pounded into powder, the powder mixed with raw ginger and vinegar can be applied externally to treat carbuncles and swelling.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.

The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.

Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.

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