Lead (Metal) As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Lead is an incredibly useful metal, but it is also toxic to humans. However, under proper conditions lead can be used as medicinal material.

Odour & Nature: Bitter, cold in nature, toxic,

Indications & Formulas:

Melted lead and ash of mulberry shoot ash are to be mixed and made into powder. Rinsing the mouth with this powder can be helpful in vision enhancement, teeth strengthening and hair darkening.

Lead, sulfur (Chinese: 硫黄 / 石亭脂), costustoot (Chinese: 木香), musk (Chinese: 麝香) and rice can be made into medicinal rice balls. Taking the rice balls with warm spirit is considered as a treatment for acute kidney failure.

Lead, mercury, arisaematis rhizoma (Chinese: 天南星) and sticky rice are to be made into rice balls for oral taking to treat epilepsy (a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures).

Melted lead and vinegar are to be made into pills for oral taking to treat nausea (condition of feeling sick).

Lead and mercury are to be made into pills to treat diabetes.

A mixture of alcohol, lead and gleditsia can be used to treat edema (an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the interstitium, located beneath the skin and in the cavities of the body).

A mixture of lead (pan-fried) and vinegar can be used to treat scrofula (lymphadenopathy of the neck, usually as a result of an infection in the lymph nodes, known as lymphadenitis).

A mixture of alcohol, licorice root and lead may be used in treatment of carbuncles on the back.

Water solution of lead power can be used in treatment of arsenic poisoning.

A mixture of tin, lead, dried centipede and vegetable oil can be burned near the skin to treat syphilis (a serious disease which is passed on through sexual intercourse).

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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