Soot As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Soot is a mass of impure carbon particles resulting from the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. Soot collected from mud stove can be used as medicinal material.

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

Indications & Formulas:

Taking soot as medicine (by snorting) can help to treat a bleeding nose.

Taking water solution of soot by drinking can help with nose boils.

Taking soot with rice soup can improve a hematemesis situation.

External application of soot can stop bleeding gums (teeth).

A mixture of soot and dog bile can be taken to provide adjuvant therapy to treatment of heavy bleeding during periods.

A mixture of soot, Angelica dahurica (白芷), urine of young boys (童子尿) and vinegar can be used to treat post partum muscle weakness problem and irregular periods.

A decoction of pine soot and pork liver can help to treat abnormal leucorrhea.

A mixture of rice soup and soot can be used to treat gastrointestinal dampness and heat caused blood in stool (hematochezia).

Soot, croton seed and flour to be pounded and made into pills for oral taking.  The pills can be used for treatment of dysentery in children.

Infusing water solution of soot together with proper acupuncture may be helpful in treating fainting.

Soot, honey and flour to be made into pillows for oral taking to treat a lump in the throat.

A mixture of soot and lard oil can be used externally to treat sores on head.

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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