Spirifer Minerals As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Spirifer minerals (also known as fossil shell of Spirifer, Chinese:石燕) is the fossil shell of spirifer which is a genus of marine brachiopods belonging to the order Spiriferida and family Spiriferidae. It is usually used in removing damp and hot related body problems.

Odour & Nature: Sweet, cool-natured, non-toxic,

Channels: Spirifer minerals works by influencing the liver, kidney and bladder.

Indications & Formulas:

Powdered spirifer mineral can be taken with white onion soup to treat painful urination with abdominal bloating.

Daily drinking of water solution of powdered spirifer mineral can be used in treatment for chronic blood in stool.

Powdered spirifer mineral can be taken with rice soup to cope with severe diarrhea with mucus or blood in the feces.

Calcined and vinegar-quenched spirifer mineral, livid salt (青盐, salt from the Saka Salt Lake in Qinghai province. The minerals contained in the salt there give the salt a relatively livid color), mastic and asarum (细辛) can be pounded into powder; the powder can be used in tooth brushing to relieve serious and chronic toothache.

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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