Lu Gan Shi - Smithsonite

TCM Materia Medica

Lu Gan Shi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "lu gan shi" which in english is "smithsonite", is categorized within the "herbs for external applications" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and stomach channels and exhibits neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) 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: topical

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

  • Brightens the eyes - superficial visual obstruction, red-swollen eyes.
  • Drys dampness, generates flesh - chronic draining pus from open sores.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, lu gan shi is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewMa Ying Long (Musk Hemorrhoid Ointment)

Hemorrhoids and/or constipation from an accumulation of damp-heat and toxins in the lower jiao - possibly bleeding hemorrhoids, pain, rectal prolapse, anal itching.  Shrinks swollen tissue, helps to …

As noted above, lu gan shi is within the herbs for external applications functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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