Mercury Powder As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Mercury is a shiny, silvery liquid metal , sometimes called quicksilver. A mixture of mercury, alumen and salt are made into the so called mercury powder (汞粉) which servers as medicinal material under certain circumstances.

Odour & Nature: Pungent, bitter, acute toxicity

Indications & Formulas:

Egg white from unfertilized eggs and proper dosage of mercury powder are to be steamed in silver vessel for internal taking to treat asthma in children and infants.

Proper dosage of mercury powder and fermented soya beans (salted) are to be pounded and made into pills for oral taking to treat serious vomiting in babies.

Proper dosage of mercury powder mixed with raw sesame oil can be taken on an empty stomach to treat severe constipation.

Proper dosage of mercury powder, tin powder and flour can be made into pills for oral taking to treat dysentery with bloody stool.

A mixture of ginger juice and proper dosage of mercury powder can be taken to treat malabsorption.

A concoction of mercury powder and musk can be taken to treat dizziness, numbness and tingling.

A mixture of mercury powder, egg white from silkie eggs and flour are to be made into pills for oral taking to treat water retention (fluid retention).

A mixture of proper dosage of mercury powder and a head of garlic can be used in dentistry to treat tooth pain.

A mixture of mercury powder, dates and vegetable oil can be applied to treat  auricular erosion in infants.

Mercury powder mixed with saliva can be applied externally to treat itchy, red, inflamed rash around eyes.

A mixture of onion juice and mercury powder can be used to treat head pimples in infants.

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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