Soil / Mud / Dust As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Mud from specified locations will have medicinal properties.

Odour & Nature: Bitter, non-toxic

Indications & Formulas:

Dust from wood doors hinges can be used externally to stop bleeding.

In case of bugs accidentally crawling into ear canals, farmland soil can be placed near ear to lure the bugs out of the ears.

Mud from the bottom of the well can be applied externally to treat scorpion bites.

A mixture of mud from manure pit, cicada husks and scorpions can be made into medicine for oral taking to treat head ulcers.

Soil with dogs pee can be applied to stomach to treat a fever during pregnancy.

A mixture of mud where eels are raised and sesame oil are to be heated, proper dosage can be used externally to heal malignant sores.

Red soil can be pounded into powder for external usage to treat skin burns.

A decoction of soil which has been repeatedly burnt by the sun can can be taken to treat asthma in children and infants.

Soil collected from near the crematorium can be placed inside the shoes to relieve a person from chronic nightmares.

Alcohol solution of mud which is collected from snails can be taken to treat violent eruption with vomiting.

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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