Barn Swallows’ Mud Nest As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: The barn swallow is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. Their mud nest needs to be smashed into powder before serving as medicine material.

Indications & Formulas:

A mixture of barn swallow’s nest (powder) and water can be applied externally to treat eczema and mouth sores.

A mixture of barn swallow’s nest (powder) , musk (麝香) and water can help in healing impetigo.

A mixture of barn swallow’s nest (powder), honey bee nest (or hive) and sesame oil can be used to treat head sores.

A mixture of barn swallow’s nest (powder) and egg white may be helpful in treatment of erysipelas.

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.

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