Lead Oxide As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Lead(II) oxide (also called lead monoxide, litharge or lead ocher, Chinese: 密陀僧), is the inorganic compound with the molecular formula PbO. It is a yellow to brownish-red poisonous compound PbO widely used in rubber manufacture and glassmaking industries. It is used as a medicinal material in traditional Chinese medicine.

Odour & Nature: brackish, pungent, toxic,

Indications & Formulas:

Proper dosage of lead oxide, vinegar, alcohol and water can be used to treat sputum retention.

Lead oxide powder and flour are to be made into pills for oral taking to treat diabetes, it should be taken with meal.

Vinegar solution of lead oxide can be a remedy to diarrhea; it can also be taken to treat bad breath (also known as ozostomia).

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).

External application of lead oxide powder can facilitate the treatment of blisters (which look like bubbles on the skin) in infants. Internal taking of storax pill can cooperatively cure the illness.

Tea solution of lead oxide (proper dosage) can be taken for treatment of hoarseness or aphonia (inability to produce sounds by laryngeal mechanisms).

A mixture of vegetable oil and lead oxide can be used externally to treat body odor.

Calcined lead oxide powder can be applied externally to heal mouth sores.

A mixture of lead oxide, lemonfragrant angelica root (香白芷) and candle wax can be used to treat sores in the nose.

Pounded lead oxide  and human milk can be used to help remove black scars.

A mixture of lead oxide, realgar powder and ginger can be applied externally to treat sweat stains.

Ointment made from lead oxide and tung oil can be used to cure caries (a progressive destruction of any kind of bone structure, including the skull, ribs and other bones, or the teeth).

Ointment made from lead oxide and sesame oil can help the treatment of ecthyma.

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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