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Lower body gan
Red bayberry sores [syphilis]
疥疮 jiè chuāng
癣疮 xuǎn chuāng
Ringworm or tinea
Bald scalp sore
癜风 diàn fēng
疠风 bing// //fēng
诸疮 zhū chuāng
杖疮 zhàng chuāng
折伤 zhé shāng
Scalding and burns
Insects and beasts
Bones stuck in the throat
通治 tōng zhì
奇病 qí bìng
Lower body gan
Red bayberry sores [syphilis]
Ringworm or tinea
Bald scalp sore
Michael Johnson, translator
As for blunt trauma, immediately drink
blended with wine (one cup), so as to prevent blood from attacking the heart; moreover, spread fried Dou Fu [tofu] on the bruise. As it steams, the Fu will take on the purpleness [of the wound], and then recovery will be easy.
One must disperse purple blood, turning it a lighter shade of red.
Use Feng Xian Hua, Ke Lian Gen [?], and Dai Ye [Qing Dai?], make a pulp and spread on the affected area, even should that area be the trunk of the body. In one night the blood will disperse; immediately healed. If its the eleventh month and so one is without fresh ingredients, use herbs that have been gathered in the autumn and shade-dried; make a powder, blend with water and spread atop the wound; also effective. (Some call the above herb Jin Feng Hua.)
As for wounding the skin but not the flesh, use Luo Bo [turnip]; pound into a paste and apply.
: Use Zhu Dan Zhi [Pig Bile]; spread on wound; also good.
Slightly fry Lu Dou Fen, mix with chicken broth and spead atop wound.
Lai Nian [?], Feng Hua [Xuan Ming Fen], Duan Shi; no set quantity; get one bowl of new water, stir in the above with a silver hairpin until all that remains is a paste, put the paste on goose feathers and apply to the affected area; immediately good.
Long Gu Detoxification Powder (taken after blunt trauma)
After receiving a flogging, regardless of the seriousness: as for bending over and not being able to rise, as well as pustulations, rotten flesh, swollen legs, blue-green face, pain that is difficult to tolerate, sleeplessness, disliking cold and preferring heat all over the body, and the Shen and the Hun being easy to startle, the following herbs can govern it; in a short time they can stop pain, and improve the ability to walk, as well as treat pustulations and swellings; its effectiveness is wondrous.
Use Mu Er (four liang); fry in a clay pot to preserve its nature, then powder. Each dose is five qian; mix with hot yellow wine and take. After taking this preparation sit and wait a short time; the herbs strongly move and open the skin ulcerations, penetrating from inside to the exterior such that one will feel very itchy as though one is being pricked by needles; often there is bleeding. Some use this as a wash, and then apply a medicated plaster. The pain and swelling will be gone by the next day.
Disperse Bruising Recipe
Use hot sesame oil and yellow wine (each in its own bowl); bring each to a boil and then serve. After dosing, lie down on the floor by the fire for one night; pain will stop, swelling will go down; there will be no bruise.
As for there being hurt feelings, a Confucian scholar would treat this by being yin with respect to the enemy; by the next day [one will be] without the slightest scar.
Aid by Dispering Recipe
Tu Bie (one, fire-fired atop a tile and powdered), Chen Xiang powder (two fen), Yin Zhu (five fen)
Powder together the above three flavors. After punishment [blunt trauma], mix into a warmed good wine and take; reduces swelling, removes toxin, stops pain; wondrous effect. After one night stop use.
Stop Bleeding, Reduce Pain Drink
Governs swelling from blunt trauma wherein the blood has not dispersed and the blood and qi attack the heart. Probably there is an aversion to cold and a preference for heat.
[Dang] Gui Wei, Chi Shao, Sheng Di Huang, Bai Zhi, Fang Feng, Jing Jie, Qiang Huo, Lian Qiao, Huang Lian, Huang Qin, Huang Bai, Zhi Zi, Bo He, Zhi Qiao, Jie Geng, Zhi mu, Shi Gao, Che Qian, Gan Cao
Prepare the above herbs in a cauldron, water-frying; dose warm.
Generate Blood Supplement the Qi Decoction
Governs Blunt Trauma that hasn't healed after a long time
Ren Shen, Bai Zhu (fried), Fu Ling, Dang Gui, Bai Shao, Shu Di Huang, Chen Pu, Xiang Fu, Bei Mu (each in equal parts); Jie Geng, Gan Cao (half parts of these two flavors)
Prepare the above in a cauldron; water fry and dose. With alternating chills and fever add Chai Hu and Di Gu Pi; with thirst add Wu Wei Zi and Mai Men Dong; with clear pus add Huang [?]; with much pus add Chuan Xiong; with fat and flesh slow to grow, add Bai Lian and Rou Gui.
Blunt Trauma General Pustulation, Medicated Paste
Stops painful sores, stops bleeding [?], reduces swelling, drains pustulation.
Ru Xiang, Mu Yao, Hai Er Cha, Xiong Huang (each three qian)
Qing Fen (one qian)
Guan Fen (one liang)
Huang La [beeswax] (one liang)
Melt lard, as it is cooling grind the above herbs [excepting the Huang La] into a fine powder and evenly mix them in. Then melt in the Huang La and evenly mix. Spread this oil on a sheet of paper to make a medicated plaster and apply to the whole affected area, adjusting the size of the plaster accordingly. At its utmost can remove pustulations; pulls pus towards it, reduces swelling, stops pain. (Internally its appropriate to use Mu Er San). Wash the affected area before using this medicine; its alright to do so quickly. [Use:] Fang Feng, Jing Jie, Ku Shen, each in equal parts; fry in water and then wash [the affected area].
Generate Flesh Powder (Use a medicinal wash first, then mix this medicine)
Hai Er Cha
(each in equal parts)
Make a thin powder and mix [with water?, wine?] and apply; immediately stops pain and generates flesh.
Remove Pustulation Recipe
Use clear chicken broth add a little She Xiang; stir a silver hairpin into the water; looking to the pustulation, very gently use the hairpin tip on it, very slowly, the pustulation will soften and express. On top apply a medicated plaster; after one day change the plaster. Then it will use up the dead flesh; after three or four days change the plaster again; not long thereafter it will be good as new.
Yu Jin Paste
Apply to all kinds of swellings from blunt sores.
Sheng Zhu Zhi [fresh lard] (boil, remove sediment such that all that remains is fat; one jin)
Yu Jin (four liang)
Sheng Di Huang (avoid using ironware)
Chew [?] and slice, add to the lard and cook until the herbs wither; remove the dregs; next add Huang La (one half jin), dissolving it in. Store in a porcelain container. Each dose is one liang; add Guan Fen [?] (two qian), mix evenly with the prior herbs; spread on a sheet of paper; apply.
Mi Tuo Seng [yellow lead]
Zi Ran Tong (cook until red, then temper with water two times)
Di Long (taking earthworms, dry them over a fire)
Mu Bie Zi (remove the hull)
Hua Jiao (each of the above in equal parts)
Make the above into a fine powder; form honey pills the size of marbles. Each dose is one pill; take down with wine. Perhaps use before carrying out a death sentence; doing so will stop one from feeling pain regardless of what is done; the blood will not soak into the heart; indescribably wonderous.
Michael Johnson, translator
As for traumatic injury, there is much blood stasis and stagnation. (Its appropriate to use child's urine and yellow wine, warmed together in one cup; it can quickly disperse blood stasis and elimination stagnation; effective)
Going Through and Transmitting Powder
Governs serious injury from falling, inability to urinate and defecate due to congealed blood unable to disperse, and abdominal swelling, attack to the upper chest and abdomen such that breathing is difficult and chaotic and one is close to death. The first dose of this medicine descends the dead blood, the static blood; subsequent doses mend the damage. Do not use wine: Drink it and healing will not come to pass! Also take into consideration the particularities of emptiness and fullness.
Da Huang, Mang Xiao, Zhi Qiao [Zhi Ke] (two liang each)
Nong Pu [?], Dang Gui, Chen Pi, Mu Tong, Hong Hua, Su Mu (one liang each)
Water-fry the above, and take while hot. This will bring some degree of benefit. Not for pregnant women or small children.
Wheat [Basket] Powder
Governs bone fractures from falling; use a small amount of yellow wine to take down one li of the medicine. In the time it takes for a heavy cart to travel 1000 li, the bones will have connected. Just after a fall, adjust the bones such that they are correctly placed as before, cover with a silk cloth, keep away from wind, take this medicine, keep from moving. Formulate on the fifth day of the fifth month. Avoid women, chickens, dogs and other such things. (Descendants of an army commander handed this down.)
Tu Bie [Chong] (one part, fire-dry atop a new tile)
Ba Dou (one part, remove the hull)
Ban Xia (one part, use fresh)
Ru Xiang (half part)
Mo Yao (half part)
Zi Ran Tong (cook in a fire seven times, dip in vinegar seven times, use small amount)
Make a powder from the above. Each dose is one li; take down with yellow wine. Cannot use too much: if much, then will heal better than before. Wondrous effect.
Tian Ling San
Seals the top of the head. Use firewood burned to a powder; a dose is two qian; take with yellow wine; wondrous effect.
Press the Bones Effective Recipe
Shan Zhi [Zhi Zi] (fresh and powdered, five fen)
Fei Luo Mian (three qian)
Blend with ginger juice and apply to the affected area over night; [if] the flesh becomes blue and black, it is the case that the medicine was effective.
Fracture Setting Paste
Dang Gui (seven and one half qian)
Chuan Xiong (five qian)
Ru Xiang (two and one half qian)
Mo Yao (five qian)
Guang Mu Xiang (one qian)
Chuan Wu (four qian, baked in embers)
Huang Xiang [?] (six qian)
Gu Qian (three qian, bake in embers and dip in wine seven times)
Gu Sui Bu (five qian)
Xiang You [sesame oil] (one liang, five qian)
Grind the above into a powder, blend in oil to make a paste, spread on oiled paper and stick to affected area. If the bones have been smashed and the tendons ripped, then use continuously until healed.
Governs falling and knife and ax wounds. If the blood is exhausted use onions and hua jiao (water-fried) to clean the wound, then apply the medicine; no need to wrap it up. The effectiveness is wondrous.
Bai Ji (one liang)
Lard (six liang)
Yun Xiang (four liang)
Zhang Nao (four liang)
Qing Fen, Ru Xiang, Mo Yao, Hai Er Cha (two qian each)
Pian Nao (five fen)
Make a powder from each of the above, put oil in a copper pot and mix the powders therein, first the Bai Ji, next the Yun Xiang, Zhang Nao, and Er Cha, just a little at a time. Remove the heat and then add the Ru Xiang and Mo Yao. Wait until the mixture is cold and then add the Pian Nao and Qing Fen. This recipe not only generates flesh, but also can be used for all kinds of common toxic sores. When the paste is complete, store it in a ceramic container. When using, spread out on oiled paper and paste to the affected area.
Fracture Setting Powder
Governs traumatic injury and fracture. Can connect tendons and bones. Use Wo Ju Zi, no particular amount. Slightly fry, grind into a fine powder; one dose is two or three qian; take down with good wine.
Fracture Setting Recipe
Bai Ji Li, fried and powdered; one dose is one qian. Take down with hot wine. Cover oneself with blankets and wait for a sweat; immediately get better.
Wondrously Effective Onion Pressing Method
Governs traumatic injury.
Take Cong Bai and finely slice; mash with a pestle and cook it; use as a hot compress on the effected area. Allow it to cool, then change it. Swelling and pain will immediately stop. It's effectiveness is wonderous.
A man fell from a horse and had abdominal pain. He drank a number of cups of wine. The next morning he passed a large stool filled with clotted blood and immediately took to rest. This revived his yuan qi. He relied on the power of wine to move and disperse the blood.
One man fell from a horse; his abdomen had stagnant blood. He took medicine to descend it, which caused fever, night sweating, spontaneous sweating, and a floating, choppy pulse. I take it that the heavy dose of medicine harmed the qi and blood. Previously had used Shi Quan Da Bu Tang [Perfect Great Mending Decoction] to good effect, but it sometimes causes delerious speech. This medicine's strengthen cannot be fully explained. To this medicine I added Pao Fu Zi (five fen); sleep followed immediately after dosing. After waking the patient worsened again, but another dose put him in good health.
Michael Johnson, translator
Hot Skin Paste
Governs metal wounds wherein the bleeding doesn't stop.
Long Gu ([missing character], three qian)
Wu Bei Zi (two liang, half fresh, half fried)
Bai Fan (half fresh, half dried; one liang each)
Mo Yao, Ru Xiang (two qian each)
Wu Ming Yi (one liang)
Powder the above together, dry-mix and apply to the wound. (If there is no pus, do not fear wind.) Immediately stops pain and bleeding, and generates flesh. Wonderous.
Military Formula for Twisting Together Metal Wounds
Governs both metal wounds with torn flesh gushing blood and dog bites. It's essential to formulate on the fifth day of the fifth month. Fry and grind some quantity of Kuang Duan Shi [Duan Shi Gao?], mix with fresh Jiu Cai along with its roots, forming cakes. Dry in the the shade. Powder cake atop the wound. Stops bleeding and generates flesh.
Removing Arrows Recipe
As for Hua Rui Shi, its form is similar to Liu Huang. It comes from Shan Xi Provence. Fire a specimen with white spots seven times, then make into a fine powder. Sprinkle about the circumference of the wound. The arrowhead will immediately come out.
Stop Pain, Generate Flesh Powder
Governs knife and ax wounds, stops bleeading.
Ru Xiang, Mo Yao, Er Cha, Xiang Pi [elephant skin] (fried)
Long Gu (collect the sediment from a water soak)
Shi Gao ([missing characer], collect the sediment from a water soak)
Huang Dan, San Qi
Use equal parts of the above eight flavors. Grind together into a fine powder. Apply it.
As for metal wounds with ceaseless bleeding, use Chu Shu Ye. Make a powder. Apply and the bleeding will immediately stop.
Nephew Liang Ge had a metal wound which was swollen, painful and ceaselessly bleeding. Also, [he had] chills, fever and thirst, indicating that the qi was empty and so the blood was without anything to attach to; consequently the blood didn't return to the channels. Used Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang [adding] Wu Wei [Zi] and Main Men [Dong]. The yang qi recovered and he was healed. (This recipe also works for ulcers and carbuncles.)
Scalding and burns
Insects and beasts
Michael Johnson, translator
Xing Ren, Gan Cao; chew together and then put on the wound.
Also appropriate to spread Yin Xing on the wound.
Also appropriate to use fifty dehulled Bi Ma Zi, using well water to make a paste. First brine-wash the the wound, then apply this medicine.
Mad Dog Bites
Use seven Ban Mao; remove the wings and feet and make a powder, mix with wine and take. Painful urination with foam like a dog's indicates that the medicine has worked. If not, take another dose, repeating perhaps six or seven times; even if the foam doesn't resemble a dog's, the medicine has still been effective.
Also, its appropriate to use Ban Mao, removing the wings; take a fingerfull Nuo Mi and fry these together until yellow, then remove the rice and grind the Ban Mao; from this paste form pills the size of Lu Dou. One dose is seven pills; take down with warm wine.
Also use Fan Mu Bie (if one has the seeds close at hand); grind with water and eat; if there are red or white hairs at the top of the head it is appropriate to remove them.
Also appropriate to moxa with one or two slices of garlic; seven cones; sprinkle Wu Bei Zi powder on top and wrap; avoid the wind.
Taking Xiong Huang (five qian) and Wu Ling Zi (one qian), grind them together into a powder; one dose is two qian. Take down with a good wine. Prepare again and apply to the affected area. After a good while give the patient another dose to drink.
Also, appropriate to take de-hearted Bei Mu with good wine.
Also, appropriate to take powdered Bai Zhi, taken with Mai Men Dong decoction; this causes an immediate cure.
Also appropriate: Kang Ban Gui [?], quantity doesn't matter; this herb takes four or five months to grow and reaches its peak after nine months; it loses its leaves with the frost at which point the tips resemble the very best Li Tou; the vine has small thorns and there are round black seeds resembling eyeballs; the flavor is sour. Pound the leaves of the vine to get the juice, mix with wine and take [...]; put the sediment in the wound; immediate cure.
Also this recipe governs snakebite. Eat garlic, drink wine; taking more garlic, pound it and spread on affected area. Use moxa atop the garlic. The poison extracts itself. This also treats poisonous insect bites.
Scorpion Sting Wound
Subtle Transformation Pill
Governs scorpion sting and snake wound; appropriate to formulate on the fifth day of the fifth month. Avoid women, chickens and being run at by dogs.
Ru Xiang, Mo Yao, Qing Fen, Hai Piao Xiao, Xiong Huang (five qian each)
Liu Huang (two fen)
Take the above and make a fine powder; if the wound is on the left side put a bit it the left eye, if the wound is on the right side put a bit in the right eye; immediate and wonderous effect.
Six Shen Powder
Governs unbearable scorpion sting pain
Chuan Wu, Cao Wu, Nan Xing, Ban Xia, Xiang Bai Zhi, Jiu Jie Chang Pu (in equal parts)
Take the above and make a powder; use very little for one dose. Use saliva to apply to the affected area. As soon as this medicine is applied the pain immediately stops; wonderously effective.
Ulceration from Spider Bite
Use Xiong Huang (one qian), She Xiang (one half as much); make a powder; harmonize in Liao Lan juice; spread atop ulceration. In case of there being no Liao Lan juice, harmonize use Qing Dai (five parts) mixed with water; spreading it causes an immediate cure.
Govern Scorpion Sting Recipe
Chuan Wu, Cao Wu, Ye Lang Du, Ban Xia, Nan Xing, Xiong Huang, Dan Fan (each three qian)
Grind the above into a fine powder on the fifth day of the fifth month. Use vinegar to make pills the size of mouse dung; spread on the affected area to render immediate cure.
Boil buckwheat straw in water; pour [on the linens, presumably]. The insects will immediately die.
Cicada Flower Powder
Governs dog bites during the summer months which are filled with maggots and stinking such that one cannot be near.
Jin Prefecture Wu declined an official post to be a tenant farmer; [he] gathered wheat for five months [and then] used a mule cart to carry his load. Now, while leading the mule by the head it dug in its heels and moved contrary to expectations and also bit him, breaking the skin in two or three places. The pain and anguish were unbearable and after five or seven days stinking pus water repelled those close by; moreover, maggots and flies completely filled [the wound]; how could there not be a way to help this? He lay down in the main enterance of an garage and occasionally he was given rice. When a Daoist priest saw him he said: "I have a recipe which I've used to notable effect; I pass it on to you. Compile, combine and take it, and then all the maggots will turn to water and so depart, and the flies will dare not come near; moreover, use cold water or stone water [?] to apply it; you will be healed in ten days." Many believe it wonderous; therefore it was recorded.
Chan Tui, Qiang Dai (each five qian)
She Tui (one liang, cooked to preserve its nature)
Hua Yin [?] Xi Xin (one qian and fifty percent)
Make a fine powder from the above; one dose is three qian; take down with yellow wine.
Michael Johnson, translator
The hundred poisons injure humans; a large pulse indicates life, a small one, death. Also, big and slow means life, while small and fast, death.
Usually when the hundred poisions are inside use
Gan Cao and Lu Dou
, water-decocted; this can undo poisioning.
As for not knowing [which of] the various poisons, in a pinch use copious quantities of sesame oil without worry.
Governs arsenic poisoning
If food and drink are inside, easy to cure, but if wine is inside, difficult.
If in the chest, then can induce vomiting, quickly using three parts Dan Fan ground and put in water; drinking this down will immediately induce vomiting.
If in the abdomen, it's suitable to defecate, and only then take this preparation.
Yan Xiao [fired saltpeter?]
Lu Dou Fen
(each in equal parts)
Take the above and make a thin powder, use a small amount of Lan An water to take it down. If the abdominal pain doubles with the Huang Dan, take down with [Lu] Dou and well [?] water.
Undo Arsenic Poisoning Spirit Recipe
Use Jiangxi Dou Chi (one liang) and dry earthworms (one liang) to make a powder; mix with cold water and take down, no particular amount. Immediately effective.
Also, use Huang Lian boiled in water; take the liquid and remove the dregs and cook down until it is thick; use black ox bile treated with a lesser amount of honey until the proper density is attained. Put in a ceramic bottle. Everytime use cold water to take it down; immediately swallowing it saves the life; even if [the victim] doesn't speak, in the case that the heart pulse is moving, this cure will secure their return. Moreover, its suitable to take:
Liu Huang, four qian
Lu Dou Fen, five qian
Put these together to make a powder, take down mixed in cold water, sipping it little by little. In the eleventh month, take down with lukewarm water. If there is stomach pain, increase the dosage by one tenth. [If no pain[?]], then use a chicken feather to induce vomiting. After vomiting, sip on a warm thin porridge. For four or five days, abstain from meals.
Accidently swallowing sawdust:
scrapping the throat, it doesn't go down; one will die in a moment. Using an iron hatchet, grind it in water and then drink the water; immediately effective.
Accidently swallowing a copper coin or object
: eat many walnuts or water chestnuts; these cause the copper to self-rot.
Accidently swallowing a needle
: boil Can Dou with Jiu Cai and eat; the needle with the vegetables will always produce a large stool and so will pull it out.
Accidently swallowing leeches:
it's appropriate to eat honey thinned to the density of water.
Moreover, its appropriate to use field mud to make pills, each the size of Ying Tao; take these down with plain boiled water. The leech will immediately cling to the mud and together they will descend. In one recipe the pills are taken with much strong tea. This is also effective.
Accidently swallowing gold, silver or copper coins, or similar undigestible things:
use concentrated Sha Ren, fried and decocted; this will cause the aforementioned things to descend.
White Clothing Pill
Governs men, women and small children accidentally swallowing the fine hairs on a wheat plant [awn of wheat], needles, copper coins, various fish bones lodged in throat, as well as throat closed from swelling causing immediate death.
Bai Fu Ling, Sha Ren, Shan Dou Gen, Gan Cao, Jiang Can (each five qian)
Guan Zhong (one liang five qian)
Peng Sha, She Xiang, Zhen Zhu, Xiang Ya [elephant tusk], Nao Zi (each very little)
Make a fine powder from the above, sifting it through a gauze as fine as white flour; make pills each the size of Wu Tong Zi; use clam powder to coat the outside; shade dry. Every time use two pills, soaking them in cold water, and then repeatedly sipping. Might also hold one pill in the mouth and let the saliva make it particularly fine.
Governs mistakenly eating powder poison:
Taking Fu Long Gan [blasted earth], use water to make it fine and cover in Bai Cao Shuang; [drench the result in lye[?]]; take down; immediately undoes poison.
One man would hide in dark caves, not speak or answer, mix his food and drink together, steal food from others and not stop eating if he was caught with stolen food. All considered him to be possessed and so used the three sacrifices on him [pig, sheep and cow]; these were done at night and his wife ate the fruits thereof as she also suffered from the illness. [Apparently the sacrifices were ineffective.] All sorts of doctors didn't recognize the illness. I thought that perhaps he had swallowed mouse saliva, which more than other things is greatly toxic. I filled a cat's mouth with Wu Zhu Yu, and then removed it, cat saliva and all; then I served it to the husband and wife. Immediately they got better.
One drug is for married couples; they prepared it properly but suddenly fell to the ground, entering a coma. All believed it to be due to wind and phlegm, and so questioned me on the subject. I said: This is not an illness; the qi of the drug is stifling the middle with toxins; give a decoction of Gan Cao and they will wake.
One women put strong liquor in a tin [lead] pot. When her menses lasted ten days, she drank a small cup to stop them. Immediately she became drunk, had trouble breathing and became unaware. Many do not know this disease. I call it Lead Poisoning.
Mix [old earth[?]] in water until it is clear; add dried Gan Cao to the decoction; take it down and immediately become sober.
Bones stuck in the throat
Michael Johnson, translator
Displaying virtue [de], the Zhao court passed this down.
10,000 Illnesses Without Worry Plaster
Governs what is caused by windcolddamp qi, falls, sprains, bruises, wounds, all soreness; in every case apply to the affected area; for abdominal pain apply to the affected area; for panting and coughing apply behind the heart; for diarrhea, apply atop the navel; for headache and eye pain apply to the Tai Yang Xue [extra point]. Also governs all the various nameless sores, carbuncles, ulcerations, furuncles, abscesses flowing with damp toxin and [scabies?]; if a pain or itch begins, apply to the affected area and it will immediately vanish. Although the above already proves the plaster to be perfect, it also can stop painful pustulation, fill up the flesh and generate muscle. This plaster hits the mark 100 out of 100 times. One cannot give an account of all its other merits.
Chuan Wu, Cao Wu. Da Huang (each six qian)
Dang Gui, Chi Shao, Bai Zhi, Lian Qiao, Bai Lian, Bai Ji, Wu Yao, Guan Gui [Rou Gui], Mu Bie Zi (each eight qian)
Huai Zhi, Tao Zhi, Liu Zhi, Sang Zhi, Zao Zhi (each four qian)
Add: Ku Shen, Zao Jiao (each five qian)
Prepare the above in a cauldron, soaking them overnight in sesame oil (two jin); cook until all the medicinals look burnt; filter using raw silk and discard the dregs; add oil again and bring to a boil; add volatilized Huang Dan (twelve liang) and fry; one after the other use rods of locust and willow to stir until it thickens such that it cannot be stirred; drip in water to make the preparation pearl to a certain extent. Take off the fire and in puffs add Ru Xiang and Mo Yao powder (each four qian); mix evenly and then gather up and store. Fire toxins withdraw upon application. One recipe adds Su He Xiang (two qian); especially effective.
10,000 Promises Best Gold Plaster
Governs trauma to the hands, feet, shoulders and back, as well as colddamp, athlete's foot, wind toxin and unbearable pain.
Li Qing (two and one half jin)
Wei Ling Xian (two liang)
Bi Ma Zi (one hundred grains, dehulled and ground)
Mu Bie Zi (twenty-eight, dehulled and ground to mush)
Ru Xiang (one liang, roasted with bamboo shoots and powdered)
Mo Yao (one liang, powdered)
Huang La (two liang)
Sheng Jiang (one jin, pound into juice making one bowl)
Ma You (two liang in the summer, three liang in the spring and autumn, four liang in the winter; boil this with [Wei] Ling Xian; remove the dregs; drip in water to reduce dispersion)
Regarding the above, grind Li Qing to a powder; combine with the two juices [Sheng Jiang and Ma You?] in a wok and boil; look for when the juices have been fully used up; avoid catching the brew on fire; mix evenly with Peach and Willow branches until the thickness is such that it can no longer be stirred; next add the Ling Xian oil and cook together; furthermore, put in the dehulled Mu Bie Zi and Bi Ma Zi, distributing evenly and so stirring; next add the Ru, Mo, Huang La, and again stir; this completes the plaster. Spread each dose on good, dense, silk paper; scrub the affected area with ginger, and then apply the plaster; immediately apply dry heat to the bottom of the shoes using an iron. For diarrhea, apply [the plaster] on the lower abdomen. For cough and spitting blood, apply to back of heart; for heart ache apply to front of heart; for wind damage, apply to the affected area.
Ocean Immortal Plaster
Governs all types of wind damage, skin sores, ulcerations, abscesses, and toxic swellings; equally effective for all.
Chi Ge, Ku Shen (each in equal parts)
Slice the above two flavors into a cauldron, immerse them fully in sesame oil, fry until burnt and filter off the solids, bring the sesame oil up to one jin and again boil; gently add Mi Tuo Seng and Shui Fen (each four liang).
1000 Beatings Plaster
Use Song Xiong (to clarify, there is no restriction on quantity; make a powder) and Bi Ma Zi Ren; completely smash these to a paste in a mortar. If it is thin, add Song Xiong; if it is thick, add [Huo] Ma Ren. Must obtain the proper consistency. Dunk in water, knead several times, then add Ru Xiang, Mo Yao, Xue Jie, and Hai Er Cha (a little bit of each, powdered).
For stubborn sores add Qing Fen, Long Gu, and again knead so as to mix it evenly. Store in a stoneware vessel. Each use: reheat for easy spreading, spread on unbroken silk and apply to the effected area. Wonderously effective.
Michael Johnson, translator
Skin ulcerations of the nape the size of cherries and multicolored; if the sores broke, then the nape skin fell off; drinking cow's milk everyday cured it.
Unceasing chills and fever prior to menstruation; the four limbs were hard likes stones, such that if one hit it with something it would chime like a bell; gradually developed evil emaciatation. Used Zhu Yu and Mu Gua, in equal parts, decocted, and rendered immediate cure.
The large intestine emerged one cun; excessive pain; around noon it would fix itself, only to descend again; this is called Segment Intestine Disease. If the intestine fully protrudes then it cannot be cured: only at the beginning with one cun protruding can it be cured. Fill a vessel with sesame oil and sit the buttocks in it; drink Huo Ma Zi juice several times; the intestine will immediately ascend.
Stinking water flowed from the mouth and nose; used a bowl to contain it. The water contained iron-colored fish the size of Jing Mi. They were unable to escape the bowl; though they tried to climb out they immediately fell back into the water. Had eaten spoiled meat. Eat chicken flesh; cured.
Numbness above the belly; eating much boiled Cong Bai cured it.
A women urinated and feces exited; this is called Intersecting Intestines. Take Wu Ling San; effective. If this doens't cure it, can use old hair reduced to ash; take it down with wine.
The soles of both feet were protruded as if swollen; the face was bluish black; there were hard bean sized sores like nails; was unable to walk about; the shinbone had been smashed to pieces; the marrow of the heel was discharging; the body was very cold; could neither eat or drink. This is the cold and heat of the liver and kidney consuming each other. Applied powdered pan-roasted [pao] Chuan Wu Tou and dosed Jiu Cai decoction; effective.
Abdominal distention for a long time, suddenly several sheng of diarrhea day and night without stop. Medicine proved ineffective and the qi became exhausted. Used fried Yi Zhi Zi [Yi Zhi Ren] thickly decocted; took it and immediately cured.
The four limbs were broken at the joints but the skin was still attached; unable to move; this is called Channel Separation. Used Huang Lu (three liang) soaked over night in wine and dry-roasted over a fire. Made a powder; every dose was two qian thereof, taken down with wine; once the preparation was finished [the patient] was at ease.
Jade Stalk [penis] hardens but does not soften, semen flows without stop, time and again it feels as though needle-pricked and fragile if held; this is Full Kidney Leaking Illness. Use Jiu Cai and Po Gu Zhi [Bu Gu Zhi] (each two liang) to make a powder. Every dose is three qian; boil in a cup of water until there is one sixth left; do this three times and then drink it; if one gets improvement keep taking it.
New flesh is being generated in the throat, gradully becoming swollen and painful; many days stinking air comes therefrom, and food and drink go down and come back up. Use fried Chou Ju Pi, decocted, and taken continuously; cured.
In the abdomen there is an area hard as a stone; water leaks from the navel; [the hard area] spins and changes as with the movement of worms, coiling about the body; there is unbearable itch and pain unhelped by scratching. Used well-fried Cang Zhu to bathe the area; [and then] Cang Zhu powder together with a little She Xiang, taken down with water; recovery.
Before one's eyes one constantly sees various birds and insects flying about; yet using the hand to grasp them one finds nothing. Thereupon, this is liver and gallbladder channel disease. Use Suan Zao Ren, Qiang Huo, Xuan Ming Fen, Qing Xiang Zi Hua (each one liang) and make a powder. One dose is two liang; fry in one cup of water until a seventh part is left; blend the dregs and drink. Three doses per day.
Large intestine worms exit constantly and constantly regenerate, such that one cannot sit. Use powdered He Shi. Mix with five qian of water and take it down; cured.
The eyeball hangs out to the nose, resembling a black fish. Pain cannot be tolerated. Sometimes there is blood in the stool. This is called Liver Distension [Gan Zhang]. Use fried Qiang Huo juice; dose in several small cups; cured.
The abdomen is making sounds resembling human speech; use five cups of Ban Lan juice; take it. These are called Echoing Worms [or "Yes-Men" if you prefer]; serve a dose of Lei Wan; cured.
There was one who if he could consume five sheng of oil then he was content, but would sicken if he couldn't. This is Sending Out and Entering Stomach [Illness]; qi and blood are wrapped and transform into worms. Used powdered Xiong Huang (one half liang); mixed with water and taken down, the worms exit of their own accord. As for these worms, they shrink from oily areas, prefering the spaces into between.
Governing lying in bed with all four limb unable to move, only getting up to eat, and liking to be loudly told what [he] is eating. [I] call it Losing [Trust in Things[?]] Disease. Treatment method: Supposing it is time to eat pork, say "You eat pig flesh this meal." Hearing this, if the one who is ill is immediately pleased, you will know that it is the pork which is causing the disease; arriving he will want it, but then will not eat it. This is none other than losing his [trust in things[?]] . Having him fall asleep with his mouth open such that saliva leaks out will render the cure.
All the ten fingers were badly broken, the only thing keeping them connected were tendons; where there weren't joints, worms resembles lamp wicks moved about, some one foot long; their bodies were covered with curly green hair. They are called Blood Remainder [Human Hair]. Used a decoction of Fu Ling and Hu Huang Lian; cured.
All over the body the skin interior sounds like waves and itches unbearably. Scratching brings blood to the surface but it does not discharge. Call it Qi Fleeing. Used Ren Shen, Ku Geng, Qing Yan [Lake Salt], and Xi XIn (one liang, each); this makes one dose; take two bowls of water, boil [the herbs] ten times, remove the sediment and drink; cured.
The white of the eye became completely black, yet the vision was unchanged; the eyes were blank, resembling iron; although could eat and drink, seemed in a drunken stupor; this is called Blood Breaking Through. Used powdered Wu Ling Zhi (two qian), mixed with wine and taken down.
After direct moxa a large scab fell off; inside there was a butterfly-shaped piece of flesh which rose out and flitted away, producing unbearable pain. This is Flesh and Blood Heated Together. Used Da Huang, Po Xiao (half liang each), powdered, mixed with water and taken down; subtle benefit, immediate cure.
Arriving in the bedroom, the whole body exuded lice, the volume of which approached five sheng; consequently, the blood and flesh were completely spoiled; every day there were gradually more; the itching and pain were beyond words. Although would eat and drink, lay in bed the rest of the time wailing. The tongue tip bled constantly; the teeth were completely black; when the lips moved the nostrils flared. Neverthless, drank salted-vinegar decoction ten times and immediately was at ease.
Red-eyed, panting for breath, covered in spots, hair resembling copper wire; this indicates that there is heat in the stomach forming noxious gas in the lower jiao. Use Bai Fan and Hua Shi (one liang each), powdered; divide one dose between three bowls of water and decoct; do not drink until it is somewhat cold; wait until then; cured.
Insects resembling crabs were leaving from the skin, making sounds resembling a child's cry; this is due to the transformation of sinews. Used Xiong Huang and Lei Wan (one liang each), powdered and mixed, and put atop a slice of pig flesh; eat hot; always effective.
The nails of the hands and feet suddenly grow hangnails resembling cones; unbearable pain. Eat Kui [sunflower] and Lai [radish] to cure yourself.
Hairs grow from the nose; can grow one or two inches very quickly, gradually coarsening and curling like rope; unbearable pain. Although one can endure pain of plucking each hair, it immediately grows back. This is caused by eating too much pork and mutton. Successfully used Ru Xiong and Sha [sand?] (one liang each), powdered; used rice to make pills the size of Wu Tong Zi. On an empty stomach take ten pills down with water and then lie down. The hairs will naturally fall out.
The face and the whole body grew sores resembling cat eyes; quite brightly colored; no bleeding or pus, but the pain and itching were unusual and appetite and thirst were reduced, and after awhile the sores decended as far as the lower leg. This is called Cold Sores. Eat lots of fish, chicken, Jiu [Jiu Cai], Cong [Cong Bai] and it will resolve on its own.
The intestines were torn, emerging from the body with much foulness; hastily sprinkled sesame oil on them; used the hand to stuff them back in; then applied Ren Shen and Gou Qi, drenching the wound. The skin immediately closed on its own. For ten days he ate sheep kidney congee and was cured.
The air in the nose exited in a circular motion and so would not disperse. The saliva was black in color. Gradually over ten days the illness spead to the chest and shoulders until the flesh fused together like metal and became immoveable; consequently there was no way to eat or drink. This is usually caused by malaria. Prescribed Ze Xie Tang, three cups a day; after taking it for five days he was cured.
Cone-shaped flesh grew all over the body, very itchy and painful, unable to drink or eat. This is called Blood Crowding [xue yong]. If this isn't quickly cured the cones will break, emiting pus. Use Qing Pi and Cong [Bai] reduced to ashes and applied atop the skin. Eat several cups of [Dan] Dou Chi soup to put oneself at ease.
The eyebrows moved about such that the eyes were unable to see; closing the eyes he called out, unable to cope with it, though he could eat and drink. As for [the yang in the channels [?]] not being effective, use three liang of Da Suan to make a juice; take down with wine; immediately cured.
Pores at the second joint bled unceasingly. The skin swelled, resembling a drum. At that moment the eyes, nose and mouth were shut by the distending qi. This is called Mai Yi [Overflowing Vessels]. Drank one or two small cups of Sheng Jiang juice, and immediately felt better.
Suddenly the qi rises and one gasps for breath; speech is impossible; vomit flows from the mouth; all the teeth move back and forth. If the qi exits and turns greatly then one is able to catch one's breath. This is called: Cold Damage Combined with Heat Sudden Disorder.
Use Da Huang and Ren Shen, powdered; each half a liang. Simmer in three cups of water until the volume is reduced to a third. Remove the dregs and drink hot. Should put one at ease.
Inside the mouth their grew a stinky ball of flesh, which the patient hated to look upon. It was rooted by a thread five and some-odd cun long which resembled a section of a hairpin. He vomited out the ball with drink and food, but swallowed the thread. Lightly, he grabbed it and felt pain down to his stomach [or heart?], and also found himself unable to speak. Used water to take down one qian of She Xiang, three doses a day; effective.
The whole body was covered in blisters resembling Gan Tang Li [Pyrus betulaefolia fructus?] which exuded water if smashed. Inside of each there was a stone slice the size of a fingernail. The blisters would regrow when pricked and so where untreatable. Quickly used Jing [Man Jing Zi?], San Leng, and Peng Lai Shu [Peng Lai Cao?], each five liang, powdered. Took in two doses, mixed with wine, one after the other. Healed.
The head and face gave off heat and there was a bright color. Putting one's hand near, it felt warm as baked wheat cakes. Used [Da] Suan juice, one half liang, taken down with wine. Vomited a snake-like form. Thereupon at ease.
A man perceived himself as being formed by two men; they were merged such that he could no longer serparate the real from the false. He was speechless and when asked wouldn't respond. This was none other than separation of the Hun. Using Chen Sha, Ren Shen, Fu Ling, made concentrated decoction and dosed. The true qi became clear and the false transformed.
Since childhood a man liked to drink. As an adult he drank one or two liters [sheng] daily but would not become drunk. If he went without wine for a short while he would cry out unceasingly. He went completely without food or drink and soon became weak and frail.
His father used a towel to bind his hands and feet so that he would not shake, yet he still needed help to stand. He took a jug of fresh hot wine and opened it up, letting its odor enter his mouth; he desired to drink it, yet firmly did not give in. That moment he vomited directly into the jug. He immediately used paper to seal the jug and then boiled the wine down to one half its volume in a fierce fire. Opening and looking inside, he added three times its quantity in pork liver, and around its circumference [made] innumerable small holes the size of needle pricks. Then he threw the jug in the Yangtse. His thirst and appetite returned to how it had been before, although he couldn't drink a drop of wine.
Drinking water at night, mistakenly swallows Shui Zhi [a leech] which then enters the belly. If the menses stop, then it must be that the leech produced young which can eat the liver blood. [Symptoms:] Unbearable pain in the intestines, facial features yellow and thin, entirely unable to eat. Unless this is caught early-on it can cause death. Use one small piece of mud from an open field and three or four dead fish, and mix evenly in lard. Use ten pieces of Ba Dou, removing the hull and membrane, and grinding until mashed; add the mud and form into pills the size of Lu Dou. Take down with cold water from the fields; one dose is ten pills. Children only need three to five pills. Soon there will be defecation and all the Shui Zhi will come out.
Next, use Si Wu Tang, adding Huang [?], on the principle of generating blood to heal. (This recipe is of great benefit.)
As for one woman, after giving birth, both breasts became long and thin, such as intestines. They hung past the little belly [area between the navel and the pubic symphysis]. The pain was unbearable; she was in danger of dying at any moment. This is called Breast Suspension [Ru Xuan]. Use Chuan Xiong and Dang Gui, each two jin. Taking a half jin each, powder them in a stoneware vessel, and then make a concentrated decoction, not being too picking about how long it cooks. Serve warm. As for the remaining one and a half jin, form this into a big hunk. Use an incense burner to slowly roast it. Install beneath a table near the patient, such that the smoke can be constantly smelled. Allow the diseased tissue to rest atop the table. The mouth and nose and also diseased breasts should constantly be exposed to the smoke. Wait until all the herb has been used up and then check on the patient. In some cases the breasts are not entirely healed, but only show a slight decrease in size. If this is so, repeat the entire above procedure; afterwards they will surely be healed. If after the second time the patient is still not back to normal, grind Bi Ma Zi [Castor Bean] in cold water and spread over the top of the head and the heart. Wash it off after a moment. Then there will be complete recovery!
A women was about to give birth. She took medicine to hasten the birth process, but it quickened it overmuch. The flesh departed from the channels, there being excess force, and so the [vital membrane?] was damaged. After birth, from the water passages drooped a fleshy thread of three feet; the mother had unbearable heart and abdominal pain. If she used her hand to slightly move it, then the pain was such that she desired to die. First dose Shi Xiao San many times; also clean and wash three slices of old Sheng Jiang, not removing the skin. Grind it to mush in a stone mortar, and then use two jin of Qing You [vegetable oil, tea oil?] and mix them evenly. Then fry them. It's ready when the oil is burnt. First, use five feet of silk or satin, folded to make a knot. Laying the women comfortably on her left side, gently put the fleshy cord into the fabric, causing it to wind about making one lump. Bring it to the level of the water passages and bind it there with the silk. Wait until the Ginger Oil is only slightly warm and then use it to smoke the fleshy cord. Gradually the ginger will cool; once it has make it hot again with an iron so that there are continuously ginger vapors. Once the ginger vapors have completely departed get rid of the remainder and make the preparation anew. Do this again and again for one day and one night, at which point the fleshy cord will have shrunk to half its original size. Use this method for two more days, and then the flesh will shrink completely and return to the belly, at which point the illness is fully resolved. Even so, dose Shi Xiao San again, and Chuan Xiong decoction for nourishment. Be sure the fleshy cord doesn't break in two pieces; if this occurs the patient will be beyond the reach of medicine.
A man contracted a illness for two years; various medicines were ineffective. One day he smelled a meaty odor; his abdominal pain was unbearble. Moreover he feared passing the disease to others, and so moved to a vacant room. He awaited the end for three days. As for this illness, the abdominal pain returned and his breathing became difficult, anxious as he was with the memory off the fleshy odor. Then, someone gave him three pieces of chicken out of kindness. His illness flared up and back with the heat from the chicken. So he hung his head low over the cook pot as it cooked, and blew on the fire, repeatedly igniting and extinguishing it. In so doing he cooked what obstructed his nostrils and suddenly sneezed one time, blowing out a long thin red thread. He drew it out with his hand, about two feet worth, and then quickly dropped it in the cook pot. The sick man knew this to be a freakish thing and so hurriedly covered it with a bowl and fried it within. Though he tried his best building the fire, it was no good and so cracked the bowl; he stopped the fire. Opening and looking inside, there was the small worm he had beheld already, approaching death. It resembled an iron wire. After showing his family members he threw it in a river. He quickly returned to health.
Residents escaped from their stone house, as thieves were using fire to smoke it, desiring to kill them. While getting a bundle, one resident become lost and woozy in the smoke. He chewed [daikon] radish, extracting the juice, to revive himself. While smoke exposure often causes death, keeping one slice of radish in the mouth prevented the smoke from poisoning him. Some prepare sundried turnips in advance, keeping them as a powder. Drinking freshly ground turnip in water also works.
Having gone mad, a patient cut off his own tongue. Blood flowed unceasingly. Used chicken feathers and rice vinegar to staunch the bleeding. Then used Zhen Pu Huang, Xing Ren (removing the skin and [pointy bits?]) and a small quanity of Peng Sha. Ground these together, making a fine powder. Mixed in honey to a thin consistency. Holding it over the mouth, the patient was eased.
All over the body and face there were swellings resembling [coiled?] snakes. Used one qian of moss, fed by rainwater, [taken from atop some stone stairs [?]]. This was mixed in water and applied atop the heads of the snakes until they vanished.
As for Colorless Tooth disease, the tongue is white, there is a preference for sleep so as to avoid feeling the pain and itching; there is sharpness in the lower region. Urgent care of the lower region is needed. Do not wait a day but rather give this top priority, for if this condition is not taken seriously then the lower region will generate worms. They will eat the anus, rot the five zang and so bring about death. Cook Ai [Ye] in Guan Zhong, using the smoke to fumigate the lower region, being sure that the smoke enters the anus. Also putting some Xiong Huang inside is good.
A man was covered in spider bites; his belly was enlarged as though pregnant. He gave up his house to live on the road and ultimately happened upon a monk. The monk instructed him to drink sheep's milk and after only a few days he was back to normal.
As for Ghost Cat Illness, there is ghost-talk against the will of the patient. Use the scraps from Lu Jiao and make a powder, mix with water and take [a small spoon's worth [?]]. Immediately words will become substantial.
Jiaolong [a parasite?], produced its young on some celery. The celery was eaten and so entered the belly, where the young Jiaolong completed their development. In this case we must be very cautious. Use Xi [Tin?], Jing Mi, Xing Ren, milk and [pancakes?] to make a congee; eat two sheng thereof.
After three doses, the patient will release the young Jiaolong from both ends.
As for Ghosts-Attacking Illness, those who get it suffer from a quick death akin to a knife stabbing. Inside the chest and flank there is irrepressible pain. The patient will likely spit up blood, suffer from nosebleeds, and find blood in the urine and stool. Another name for this is Ghostly Discharge.
Cut the head from a white dog and drink one sheng of blood therefrom.
Ma Xi Sheng was over fifty years old. He was addicted to alcohol, constantly in pain, and drinking would not cause intoxication. Dregs exited from the anterior orifice [urethra], excrement from the posterior [anus]. All six pulses were sunken and choppy. Gave him Si Wu Tang, adding Hai Jin Sha, Mu Xiang, Bing Lang, Mu Tong, and Tao Ren; after taking it his condition improved. As for this man, much wine would render his qi reckless; even after drinking a liter he wouldn't stop. His yang was extremely empty; over time wine causes dampness to accumulate which produces heat, and this heat cooks the blood. His yin was also greatly empty (when both yin and yang are empty, both can be mended by connecting them). After this man's middle years had ended, when it was natural for yin and yang to become empty, he could only be kept alive for a short while due to his depleted constitution; if wine remained in the gu qi [qi from food and drink] for three months, then he would certainly die. Sure enough, he did.
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