Red Ocher As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Red ochre is composed mainly of iron oxide, it is often mixed with different quantities and qualities of clay and other minerals.

Odour & Nature: Bitter, cold in nature, non-toxic,

Channels: Red ochre influences liver, stomach and heart.

Indications & Formulas:

A mixture of rice vinegar and powdered red ochre can be a remedy for nocturnal asthma (also known as nighttime asthma, meaning that the chances of experiencing asthma symptoms are higher during sleep).

Red ochre, dried ginger and vinegar are to be mixed and pounded for external usage to heal typhoid fever without sweating.

Calcined and vinegar-quenched red ochre can be pounded into powder for internal taking to cope with convulsions.

Calcined and vinegar-quenched red ochre can be a remedy for colic (an illness in which patients gets severe pains in stomach and bowels), a bleeding nose as well as bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods in women.

Powdered red ochre and gypsum can be applied externally to heal swollen eyelids.

Medicated wine with red ochre, yellow lead and oxhide gelatin can be taken to cope with various sores and furuncles.

A decoction of lily, red ochre and soapstone can be used in treatment for lily disease (a syndrome characterized by psychoneurosis, anxiety disorder, phobia and obsessive and compulsive disorder, Chinese: 百合病).

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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