Green Patina (Verdigris) As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book


Definition: The green patina that forms naturally on copper and bronze, sometimes called verdigris, usually consists of varying mixtures of copper chlorides, sulfides, sulfates and carbonates, depending upon environmental conditions such as sulfur-containing acid rain.

Odour & Nature: Acid, mild in nature, low toxicity

Indications & Formulas:

External application of patina powder can help facilitate the removal of moles; it can also be used to treat normal bug or snake bites.

Proper dosage of green patina powder, musk and flour are to be made into pills for oral taking; it can be taken to remedy stroke.

Water solution of green patina powder can be applied externally to treat itchy, red, inflamed rash around eyes.

A mixture of vegetable oil and green patina powder can help to cure hair loss (also called alopecia).

Green patina powder, lead oxide, musk and saliva can be pounded and applied externally to treat anal fistula (also commonly called fistula-in-ano, it is frequently the result of a previous or current anal abscess).

Ointment made from green patina powder, soapstone and almond can be used to treat septicemia.

Ointment made from green patina powder and dried alum can be used to heal sores in the nose.

A mixture of vinegar, alcohol and green patina powder can be used to treat syphilis.

Vinegar solution of green patina powder and beeswax can be helpful in the treatment of chronic eczema.

A mixture of vegetable oil and green patina powder can be put into ear to remove a bug that crawls into ear.

A mixture of green patina powder and white alum powder can be applied to kill head louse (or pediculus humanus capitis, an obligate ectoparasite of humans that causes head lice infestation).

A mixture of lead acetate, green patina (verdigris) powder and alum are to be pounded for external application to treat mouth sores.

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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