Chlorite Schist As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Chlorite schist (礞石) is a kind of greenschist which are metamorphic rocks that formed under the lowest temperatures and pressures usually produced by regional metamorphism.

Odour & Nature: Sweet, brackish, neural, non-toxic,

Channels: Chlorite schist works by influencing the liver, lung and stomach.

Indications & Formulas:

Medicine pills made with chlorite schist, saltpeter (焰消), rheum officinale (steamed with wine) and the root of large-flowered skullcap (wine-quenched) can be taken help clear mucus in chest / mucus in lungs (damp-heat type).

A mixture of chlorite schist, saltpeter and gedanite can be processed into pills for oral taking to treat menorrhagia (excessively heavy, prolonged, or irregular period).

Powdered and calcined chlorite schist can be taken with mint juice and honey to treat acute convulsions.

Powdered and calcined chlorite schist can be taken with costustoot soup to cope with chronic seizures.

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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