Calcitum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Calcitum (凝水石) is a mineral in which sulfate predominates.

Odour & Nature: Pungent, brackish, cold in nature, non-toxic,

Channels: Calcitum influences heart, stomach, kidney,

Indications & Formulas:

Powder gypsum and calcitum can be taken with ginseng decoction to cope with asthma with dyspneic cough.

A decoction of powdered calcitum, soapstone and chingma abutilon seeds can be taken to treat difficulty passing urine.

External application of powdered calcitum, cinnabar, licorice root and resin of kaput wood can cope with bleeding gums.

Calcined calcitum powder can be applied to remedy skin burns.

Ointment made with calcitum, carclazyte and vinegar can be used for treatment of erysipelas (an acute streptococcal infectious disease of the skin, characterized by fever, headache, vomiting, and purplish raised lesions, especially on the face, also called Saint Anthony’s fire, Chinese: 丹毒).

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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