Arsenolite As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Arsenolite (砒石) is a mineral of the arsenic group, containing mainly arsenic trioxide (As2O3). It is obtained from natural arsenolite ores or from the oxidation of arsenic sulphides, such as arsenopyrite, realgar or orpiment. From the natural arsenolite ores, foreign matter removed to obtain arsenolite.

Odour & Nature: Bitter, sour, warm in nature, high toxicity,

Channels: Arsenolite works by influencing the lung, spleen, stomach and the large intestine.

Indications & Formulas:

Proper dosage of arsenolite can be taken with water to cause vomiting to treat a stroke.

Pills made with arsenolite, yellow lead (Chinese: 黄丹, 铅丹) and melted beeswax can be used in treatment for chronic dysentery and severe diarrhea with mucus or blood in the feces.

A mixture of arsenolite, mung bean, water and yellow lead can be processed into pills for oral taking to cope with malaria.

Proposer dosage of arsenolite and patina powder can be patched on the outside of the cheek over the area that hurts to relieve swollen gums.

Powdered arsenolite and dark ink can be patched on the infected part to heal scrofula of the neck.

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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