Ci Shi - Magnetite

TCM Materia Medica

Ci Shi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ci shi" which in english is "magnetite", is categorized within the "herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits acrid, cold (han) and salty (xian) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 9-30g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Anchors and calms the spirit - restlessness, palpitations, insomnia, tremors, especially with yin deficiency and ascending yang, dizziness, vertigo.
  • Tonify the kidneys and liver - improve hearing and vision.
  • Helps kidneys to grasp the qi - chronic asthma.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, ci shi is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

ViewEr Long Zuo Ci Wan (Deafness Left Supporting Pills)

Ringing in the ears/tinnitus. Unblocks the ears - useful for diminished hearing or temporary hearing loss. Red/dry eyes with blurry vision.

ViewShen Jing Shuai Ruo Wan (Stress Reducing Pill)

For common variants of the modern western lifestyle - in Chinese Medicine terms, calms the spirit, balance liver and kidney yin, for a range of psycho-emotional and physical issues from chronic stres…

As noted above, ci shi is within the herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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