Magnetite As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Magnetite (慈石, 磁石) is a mineral and one of the main iron ores.

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

Channels: Magnetite influences liver, heart and kidney.

Indications & Formulas:

In case of single sided deafness, placing a small piece of magnetite into the deaf ear and iron in the normal ear may help to treat the deafness.

A mixture of magnetite and white quartz can be pounded and taken with rice soup to treat asthenia in elderly people.

Medicated wine with powdered magnetite can be used in treatment for impotence.

Pills made with calcined magnetite, cinnabar and medicated leaven can be taken to treat blurry vision.

Processed magnetite powder and rice paste can be made into pills which is used in treatment for prolapse of uterus.

Calcined and vinegar-quenched magnetite can be pounded and taken with rice soup to treat rectal prolapse (a condition in which the rectum loses its normal attachments inside the body)

Powdered magnetite can be applied externally to make a wound stop bleeding.

Ointment made with magnetite, ramuli lonicerae, yellow lead (Chinese: 黄丹, 铅丹) and sesame oil can be patched to treat various swelling and inflammation.

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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