Lead Acetate As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Lead acetate (Pb(CH3COO)2, Chinese: 铅霜), also known as lead acetate, lead diacetate, plumbous acetate, sugar of lead, lead sugar, salt of Saturn, or Goulard’s powder, is a white crystalline chemical compound with a sweetish taste. It is made by treating lead oxide with acetic acid.

Odour & Nature: Sweet, sour, cold in nature, non-toxic,

Indications & Formulas:

A mixture of lead acetate, dried toad and dark plum can be used to treat infantile spasms (IS) which is a rare seizure disorder that occurs in young children, usually under one year of age.

Lead acetate, liquorice, indigo naturalis and vinegar are to be made into pills for oral taking to treat sore throat and throat pain.

Lead acetate and liquorice are to be pounded and used for treatment of tongue pain.

Sulfur, lead acetate and rice can be made into pills to treat deficiency of the kidney and headaches with an emptiness sensation. 

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

Water solution of lead acetate powder can be used to stop a bleeding nose.

Ointment made from lead acetate, resin of kaput wood (白片脑) and alcohol can be used to treat haemorrhoids.

A mixture of lead acetate and rehamnnia root juice can be taken to treat amenorrhoea (the absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age).

Calomelas, flour, mercury powder and lead acetate are to be produced into pills for oral taking which can help with wind-heat invasion (such as wind tetany). 

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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