Sal Ammoniac As Medicine – Ben Cao Medical Book

Definition: Sal ammoniac is a rare mineral composed of ammonium chloride, NH4Cl. It forms colorless, white, or yellow-brown crystals in the isometric-hexoctahedral class.

Odour & Nature: Brackish, bitter, pungent, warm in nature, toxic,

Indications & Formulas:

Sal ammoniac, peach seed, wine and flour can be processed into pills for oral taking to treat cold feet and toes.

Papaya (with seeds removed), sal ammoniac, rice vinegar and honey can be made into pills to treat severe abdominal pain and bloating.

Ash of mulberry shoot, proper dosage of sal ammoniac, water and boiled millet are to be made into pills for oral taking to treat angina (chest pain).

Buck wheat noodle, water, sal ammoniac, areca nut and clove are to be pounded into powder for internal taking to heal regurgitation and vomiting. The powder needs to be taken with distillate spirits.

Pills made from sal ammoniac, cinnabar, beeswax and croton seed can be taken to heal dysentery.

Pills made from sal ammoniac, honeylocust fruit (皂角), vinegar and dried tangerine can be a remedy for menstrual disorders.

Powdered sal ammoniac and angelica sinensis (当归) can be taken with warm wine to expel a dead fetus.

A mixture of powdered sal ammoniac and mirabilite (硭硝) can be applied externally to treat throat numb.

A mixture of skinless mouse, sal ammoniac, camphor and dried toad can be used externally to treat gum swelling.

Dried almond and sal ammoniac are to be pounded and cooked in water, the solution can be used externally to treat pterygium (Surfer’s Eye, Chinese: 眼生弩肉).

Intake of a small volume of sal ammoniac can help remove a fish bone stuck in throat.

Water solution of sal ammoniac can be a remedy for normal bug bites.

A mixture of fine sal ammoniac powder and realgar can be applied externally to treat deep-rooted boils.

A mixture of gypsum vitreum, saltpeter, sulfur, sal ammoniac and flour can be processed into pills for oral taking to treat typhoid fever with headache.

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 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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