Gypsum Rubrum (Chinese: 寒水石) As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Gypsum rubrum is a kind of jade rock consisting of sulfate minerals and gypsum.

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

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of of gypsum rubrum powder, talcum powder and sunflower seeds can be used to treat pain and difficulty with urination (difficulty passing urine in women and men).

A mixture of gypsum rubrum powder, cinnabar and licorice powder can be applied externally to heal gum bleeding.

Burnt gypsum rubrum powder can be used to heal burn wounds.

A mixture of gypsum rubrum powder, carclazyte and vinegar can be used externally to heal erysipelas in babies (an acute streptococcal infectious disease of the skin, characterized by fever, headache, vomiting, and purplish raised lesions, esp on the face  (Also called Saint Anthony’s fire, Chinese:丹毒).

Water solution of white jade power and gypsum rubrum power can be used to treat acute infantile convulsion due to fright. 

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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