Lime As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Lime (石灰) is a calcium-containing inorganic material in which carbonates, oxides, and hydroxides predominate.

Odour & Nature: Pungent, warm in nature, toxic,

Channels: Lime influences liver and spleen.

Indications & Formulas:

Fresh lime and vinegar can be made into ointment for external use to treat mouth droop after a stroke.

Aged lime can be pounded into powder and used in tooth brushing to heal toothache.

External application of a mixture of powdered lime and granulated sugar can help to cope with tooth decay.

A mixture of aged lime, granulated sugar and vinegar can be used in treatment for acute gastritis.

Calcined aged lime, galla chinensis (五倍子, 五陪子), gardenia jasminoides (山栀子), flour and vinegar can be mixed and applied externally to treat painful scrotal swelling.

Weathered lime, white poria and rice paste can be made into pills and used in treatment for leukorrhea (a thick, whitish or yellowish vaginal discharge, Chinese: 白带白淫).

Pills made with lime, water, yellow mud, vinegar and flour can be taken to treat severe diarrhea.

Cooked solution of lime can be taken to cope with severe and chronic diarrhea with blood in the feces as well as vaginal prolapse.

Sitting on heated lime wrapped with clothing can help to treat deficiency related rectal prolapse (a condition in which the rectum loses its normal attachments inside the body).

Calcined lime, rheum officinale (大黄), laurel powder and rice vinegar can be patched to treat a lump in the abdomen.

Medicated wine with lime can be used to treat hair loss and help grow hair thicker naturally.

A mixture of lime, sticky rice and water can be applied on an open mole externally on to help remove the mole.

A mixture of powdered lime and pinellia ternata (半夏) can be used as a remedy for deep-rooted boils.

External application of calcined lime powder, honey and ginkgo seeds can cope with swollen lymph nodes.

Powdered lime mixed with vinegar can be used to heal parotitis.

Aged lime powder mixed with egg white and ginger juice can be used externally for treatment of chronic sores.

A mixture of vinegar and lime powder can be applied to treat 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) as well as nettle rash.

Lime, grin powder and licorice root can be pounded for external application to treat prickly heat.

Ointment made with lime powder and vegetable oil can be used to cope with skin burns.

A mixture of vinegar and lime powder can be used to treat bug bites.

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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