Azurite As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Azurite (空青)is a soft, deep blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits.

Odour & Nature: Sweet, sour, astringent, non-toxic,

Channels: Azurite influences the liver.

Indications & Formulas:

Powdered azurite can be used externally to cope with blurry vision.

A mixture of azurite, alum and cowry shell can be pounded for external application to treat macula of retina.

A mixture of azurite, viter rotundifolia (蔓荆子), dried ginger, radix sileris (防风) can be pounded into powder and used with the method of insufflation to treat painful red eyes.

Ointment made with azurite, realgar, root of scutellaria baicalensis (黄芩) can be used externally to heal sores in the ears.

A mixture of azurite, picrorhizae (胡黄连), leaves of Sophora japonica (槐芽), resin of kaput wood can be pounded into powder; the powder is to be used with the method of insufflation to treat a painful red-eye.

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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