Halite (Rock Salt) As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

By | May 16, 2017

Definition: Halite commonly known as rock salt (戎盐), is a type of salt, the mineral form of sodium chloride (NaCl). Halite forms isometric crystals.

Odour & Nature: Brackish, astringent, non-toxic,

Channels: Halite influences heart, kidney and the bladder.

Indications & Formulas:

A decoction of halite, white atractylodes rhizome and poria cocos can be a remedy for difficulty passing urine.

Water solution of halite can be used externally to treat a painful red-eye.

Powdered alum and halite can be taken with warm water to treat anal fistula.

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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