Pumice Stone As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Pumice (浮石) is a volcanic rock that consists of highly vesicular rough textured volcanic glass, which may or may not contain crystals. It is typically light-colored. It is created when super-heated, highly pressurized rock is violently ejected from a volcano.

Odour & Nature: Brackish, mild in nature, non-toxic,

Channels: Pumice influences lung and kidney,

Indications & Formulas:

Pills made with powdered pumice and honey can be taken to treat a chronic cough.

A mixture of pumice, indigo naturalis and musk can be pounded into powder for internal taking to treat diabetes.

A decoction of pumice powder and licorice root can be a remedy for painful urination with blood.

A decoction of akebia stem (木通), poria cocos (茯苓), ophiopogon root (麦门冬) and pumice can be a remedy for hernia caused penis pain.

Powdered pumice, myrrh (没药) and musk can be used with the method of insufflation to treat ear infection with discharge.

Processed pumice and honeysuckle can be applied externally to treat chancre (a painless ulceration (sore) most commonly formed during the primary stage of syphilis).

Pills made with pumice, myrrh (没药), vinegar and rice paste can be taken to treat sores on the back.

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 ChinaAbout.net. 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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