Natural sulphur ore or extracted from suiphureous ore. liaracteristics
Appearing as irregular masses, varymg in size, yellow, grey-yellow, or
light brown. Surface uneven, often with fine pores. Brittle in texture.
Prepared as powder.
foul in odour. Easily melted and emitting blue flame and producing carbon
sulfide when burnt. Sour in taste, warm in nature, toxic, and attributive
to spleen and kidney channels.
1. Clear away toxic material, kill parasite, deprive dampness and alleviate
itching (extemal use): For scabies, tinea, boil, pruritus vulvae, eczema
2. Restore yang and promote fire (oral use); For impotence due to decline
of the fire from the gate of life, frequent micturition, pain of the loin
and knee, diarrhea of cold type, dyspnea due to yang-deficiency and kidney-deficiency,
used singly or with other drugs together; for constipation of cold type,
used with Rhizoma Plnelliae together. Recently, used by boiling with mung
beans for chronic bronchitis.
1. Sulfur itself is not highly toxic to microrganisms, and becomes bacteriocidal
when it is transformed into sulfide and pentathionic acid. It possesses
a keratolytic effect, and is applied for skin diseases not complicated
2. Oral use may render sulfur partially converted to sulfides, and stimulates
the intestinal tract, leading to diarrhea.
Pill or powder: 1-3g.
External use: Appropriate amount.