tension and is a good balancer of the body’s electrical charges.
Gypsum is of the hard gypsum family of sulphate minerals and contains mainly
hydrated calcium sulphate. The provinces of Hubei, Anhui, Henan and Shandong
are the main sources of gypsum. It is mind all the year round, ground after
getting rid of impurities, and used unprepared or calcined.
Pungent and sweet in flavour, cold in property, acting on the lung and
Clearing away heat and pur- ging fire, relieving thirst and rest- lessness,
and promoting regeneration of the tissue and wound healing.
1. Acute febrile diseases with pathogenic factors in the qi system, shown as
high fever, dysphoria, thirst, sweating, full pulse and other heat symptoms
of excess type. It is often used with anemarrhena, polished rice and
liquorice, known as White Tiger Decoction (Baihu Tang). For skin erup- tion
and ecchymoses and retained high fever due to obstruction of excessive
noxious heat it can be used with rhinoceros horn and scrophularia root, as
in Decoction for Relieving Feverish Rash (Huaban Tang). For febrile diseases
in the later stage with lingering fever, dysphoria, thirst and red tongue
with very little fur, it is used with lopha- therum and ophiopogon root, as
in Decoction of Lophatherum and Gypsum (Zhuye Shigao Tang).
2. Asthma, shortness of breath, vexation and thirst due to excessive lung-heat.It
is often used with ephedra, bitter apricot kernel and liquorice, named
Decoction of Ephedra, Apricot Kernel, Gypsum and Liquorice (Ma Xing Shi Gan
3. Headache and swollen and painful gum due to rising up of stomach- fire.
It is often used with rehmannia root, achyranthes root, anemarrhena and so
on, as in Gypsum Deception (Yunu Jian).
4. Slow- healing ulcerated sores, eczema, burns and scald. gypsum is
calcined and ground into fine powder for external use. For non- healing of
sores with difficulty in regeneration of tissue, it is often used with herbs
having actions of lifting the vital energy, as in Nine to One Pellet (Jiu Yi
Dosage and administration: 15- 60g, decocted in water prior to other herbs
for an oral dose. Proper dosage for external use. For clearing away heat and
purging fire, it should be used unprepared; for promoting regeneration of
tissue and healing of wounds, it should be calcined.
Gypsum is contraindicated for cold syndrome of deficiency type in the spleen
and stomach and interior heat-syndrome due to yin deficiency.
forms of Gypsum are
Selenite, Yellow Gypsum
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