Malachite As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Malachite (绿青, 孔雀石) is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral, it is often used as a gemstone, sculptural material, and pigment for millenia. Fine malachite can be used in medication in Chinese Traditional Medicine (CTM).

Odour & Nature: Sour, astringent, low to medium toxicity,

Channels: Malachite works by influencing the liver.

Indications & Formulas:

Medicated wine with malachite, calomel and mint juice can be used in treatment for acute convulsions.

Pills made with malachite, aconite, radix aconiti carmichaeli (附子) and scorpion tails can a remedy for wind type phlegm.

Powered malachite and angelica root(白芷) can be applied externally to heal various sores in infants.

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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