Silver As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Silver is a valuable pale grey metal that is used for making jewellery and ornaments. Items made in solid silver can be used in medical treatment.

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

Indications & Formulas:

Boiled water with a silver bar or ornament in it can be taken to treat backache and back pain in women.

A decoction of silver bar, alcohol and water can be used to treat impending miscarriage.

Placing a hot silver bar in cold alcohol to warm the liquid; rinsing the mouth with the heated alcohol can be a remedy for tooth pain.

A silver bar which is heated by friction can be place close to skin to help remove a red nevus.

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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