Ferrous Sulfate (Green Vitriol) As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Ferrous sulfate, known since ancient times as copperas and as green vitriol, the blue-green heptahydrate is the most common form of this material. According the modern science, ferrous sulfate is used to fortify foods and to treat and prevent iron deficiency anemia.

Odour & Nature: Sour, cool in nature, non-toxic,

Indications & Formulas:

Washing water of rice, yellow wine yeast, ferrous sulfate, vinegar and flour are to be processed into pills for oral taking to treat spleen weakness, liver weakness and hookworm infection (an infection by a type of intestinal parasite).

A mixture of powdered ferrous sulfate and vinegar can be infused into throat to heal a swelling and blocked throat.

A decoction of red dates (pits removed), ferrous sulfate, water, peach pit, fruits of willow can be used externally to heal ocular Inflammation (inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of eye).

Dried ginger, pinellia ternata (半夏) and ferrous sulfate are to be pounded into powder for oral taking; the powder needs to be taken with vinegar and can help the treatment of malaria.

A mixture of ferrous sulfate and cooked eggs can be taken with wine to treat constipation.

Ferrous sulfate, livid salt (青盐, salt from the Saka Salt Lake in Qinghai province. Saka Salt Lake is a famous natural crystal salt lake where the salt is pure and tasty. The minerals contained in the salt there give the salt a relatively livid color. Also, the salt of Saka Salt Lake is called ‘Livid Salt’), sulfur and congee with corn are to be made into pills for oral taking to treat chronic rectal bleeding and blood in stool.

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.

Ferrous sulfate powder, vinegar and cissus repens (赤脚乌) can be processed into pills to treat dyspepsia (also known as indigestion or upset stomach, is a term that describes discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen).

Seeds of chinaberry mixed with ferrous sulfate powder can be pounded and used for treatment of head sores in adults.

Burnt ferrous sulfate, dried glycine max and flour can be used to treat head sores in children and infants.

Red dates (pits removed), ferrous sulfate and sesame oil can be used to heal ear blisters.

Water solution of ferrous sulfate powder can be used to treat burns on skin.

Snails, hibiscus syriacus bark (槿树皮) and ferrous sulfate are to be steamed and pounded for external application to treat tinea (often called ringworm, is any of a variety of skin mycoses).

Ferrous sulfate (green vitriol), yellow iron sulfate, alum and musk can be pounded and used externally to treat wearing of the teeth.

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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