Blue Vitriol As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: The chemical formula for blue vitriol (石胆, 胆矾) is CuSO4. Blue vitriol is another term for the compound copper(II) sulfate, when the compound is in its pentahydrate state.

Odour & Nature: Sour, pungent, astringent, toxic,

Channels: Blue vitriol works by influencing the liver.

Indications & Formulas:

Powdered blue vitriol can be taken with vinegar soup to clear mucus in chest / mucus in lungs.

A mixture of blue vitriol and dried white silkworm larva can be pounded and used in treatment for throat impediment.

Calcined blue vitriol is to be pounded into powder for external application to treat mouth sores.

Red dates and blue vitriol are to calcined and pounded into powder, the powder can be applied externally to cope with swollen gums.

A mixture of powdered blue vitriol, concha ostreae and vinegar can be a medical treatment used to restore health from vitiligo (a long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment).

Calcined and powered blue vitriol is an external remedy for paronychia (a soft tissue infection around a fingernail).

A mixture of calcined and powered blue vitriol and honey can be used to cope with anal fistula.

Hot water solution of calcined and powered blue vitriol can be used in eye washing to heal 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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