Table Salt As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Table salt or common salt (食盐) is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl), a chemical compound belonging to the larger class of salts; table salt is typically mined from underground salt deposits.

Odour & Nature: Sweet, brackish, astringent, non-toxic,

Channels: Table salt works by influencing the stomach, kidney, small and large intestine.

Indications & Formulas:

Sitting on heated table salt (wrapped with clothing) can help to treat esthiomene (elephantiasis of the female genitals) as well as proctalgia fugax.

Drinking salt water can help to get rid of mucus in chest.

Heated salt is a good external treatment to relieve hypochondriac pain (a disorder characterized by pain over the unilateral or bilateral sides of the hypochondriac region).

Twigs of sophora japonica and salt can be processed into powder; the powder can be used in tooth brushing to heal wind-heat type toothache.

Powdered honey locust and salt can be used in tooth brushing to treat tooth decay.

External application of table salt can cope with bleeding gums and uvula sagging.

Sleeping on an herbal pillow with heated salt in it can help with tinnitus.

Washing face with salt water is a remedy for eye disorder with lacrimation and corneal opacity.

Bathing with salt water can cope with frequent bug bites.

Hot salt water can be used externally to treat centipede bites and skin itching related to carbuncles.

Calcined red halloysite, calcined concha ostreae (牡蛎), salt and rice paste can be processed into pills to remedy urinary incontinence.

A mixture of orpiment, dried ginger, water, steamed cake and salt can be processed into pills for oral taking to cope with urinary incontinence.

Salted plum and vermilion can be pounded and applied externally to treat eczema blisters with yellow pus (Chinese: 黄水湿疮).

Proper dosage of calomelas, fried white petunias and mercury powder (a mixture of mercury, alumen and salt) can be used to treat acute infantile convulsions.

Pills made from borax, salted and dried plum can help to treat a sore throat.

Ferrous sulfate, water and mercury powder (a mixture of mercury, alumni and salt) can be pounded and made into pills for internal taking to treat bleeding disorder with heavy bleeding during periods.

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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