Limonitum As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Limonitum (禹余粮, 白余粮) is a hydroxide mineral in which iron oxide [FeO(OH)] predominates. It is often used in relieving diarrhea and stopping bleeding.

Odour & Nature: Sweet, astringent, non-toxic,

Channels: Limonitum influences stomach and the large intestine.

Indications & Formulas:

Boiled water with pounded limonitum can be a treatment for leakage of urine or feces when coughing.

Pills made from limonitum (calcined and vinegar quenched), aconite, vinegar and rice paste can be taken to cope with diarrhea.

Limonitum (calcined and vinegar quenched) and dried ginger can be pounded and used for treatment of red and white vaginal discharge in women.

A mixture of calcined limonitum, red gedanite, concha ostreae, dried cuttlefish, fried humus flava usta and cinnamon can be taken with wine to treat bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods in women.

A mixture of limonitum, alum, livid salt (青盐, salt from the Saka Salt Lake in Qinghai province) and flax can be processed into powder and used for treatment of eyebrow loss and body numbness.

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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