White Porcelain As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Porcelain is a very hard, translucent-white ceramic that has been manufactured in China since the 600s, and in Europe since the 1700s. White porcelain powder can be used as medicinal material.

Odour & Nature: Mild in nature, non-toxic,

Indications & Formulas:

Taking white porcelain powder by snorting may help to stop a bleeding nose.

A decoction of white porcelain powder and gleditsia sinensis seeds can be used for treatment of hematemesis (or vomiting of blood).

A decoction of white porcelain powder, raw rehmannia root and prepared rehmannia root can be used to treat pain and discomfort during urination.

A mixture of white porcelain powder and realgar can be used for treatment of cataracts.

Water solution of white porcelain powder can be used in treating burn wounds.

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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