Actinolite As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

By | May 16, 2017

Definition: Actinolite is an amphibole silicate mineral.

Odour & Nature: Brackish, slightly warm in nature, non-toxic,

Channels: Actinolite influences kidney.

Indications & Formulas:

Pills made with asbestos (不灰木), calcined actinolite, ferula asafoetida (阿魏), croton, almond and millet can be used in treatment for abdominal distension, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Calcined actinolite powder mixed with water can be used to treat erysipelas (an acute streptococcal infectious disease of the skin).

Pills made with actinolite powder, stalactite, processed radix aconiti carmichaeli (附子) and flour can be taken to treat night emission.

Powdered actinolite can be taken with wine to cope with impotence.

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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