Clay From Mud Stoves As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: A mud stove is little more than a firebox enclosed by an earthen mass usually made of sand and clay, the clay inside the stove which has been heated over and over again during cooking can be used as medicine. The clay should be pounded into powder before usage.

Odour & Nature: Pungent, wet in nature, non-toxic,

Indications & Formulas:

Water solution of clay from mud stoves can be infused to a patient’s mouth to treat fainting, unconsciousness, delirium and food poisoning.

Water solution of clay from mud stoves can also be used externally to treat umbilical sore and erysipelas in children.

A mixture of burdock juice and clay from mud stoves can be helpful in treating hardening of tongue tissue.

Water solution of clay powder from mud stoves can be used to treat heart related chest pain.

Clay from mud stoves and fermented beans to be made into pills for oral intake, proper dosage can be used to treat chronic cough.

Clay from mud stoves, donkey-hide gelatin and dung of silkworms to be pounded into powder, alcohol solution of the power can be taken internally to treat menstrual periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding.

Alcohol solution of clay from mud stoves can be used to help discharge the lochia failing to descend completely.

A mixture of clay from mud stoves, green pepper and vinegar can be applied externally to treat heat bump or heat rash in babies.

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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