Muddy Water As Medicine- Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Mix soil from 1 meter deep with normal water in order to produce the muddy water with medicinal properties; the muddy water can only be used after the solidity settles and the mixture is relatively clear.

Smell & Nature: Bitter, cold in nature, non-toxic,

Indications:

  • Drinking muddy water can be helpful in treating food poisoning resulted from eating raw vegetables, contaminated or spoiled food.
  • Muddy water may also be used to cure a swollen abdomen.

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.

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