Calcite Stone (Han Shui Shi)

CalcitumThe medicinal uses of calcite stone are so different between the East and the West although both of them consider that it comes with amazing healing properties. To be specific, gem therapists from the West tend to believe that wearing this healing stone could bring a type of so-called polarizing prismatic energy to its owners. This is quite intangible compared to its tangible medicinal applications in the East, where it is better known as Han Shui Shi and has long been used as a mineral herb mainly for clearing away heat and purging pathogenic fire. And next let’s take a look at what role calcite rocks play in the alternative therapy.

What is calcite?

As a matter of fact, from the perspective of TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine) Han Shui Shi refers to two different mineral stones – calcitum, an ore of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), and gypsum, a natural ore mainly containing calcium sulfate (CaSO4). As a result, this herb is also commonly known as glauberitum, gypsum rubrum, and crystalline mirabilite. Since calcite is the most commonly used one, in particular in South China, it is the one we are going to focus on next in this article.

Most of calcite stones are regular massive crystals, often in the shape of rhombic prism, angular, colorless or yellowish-white, transparent, slightly transparent or opaque, and with smooth surface that has a glass-like luster. It is odorless, tasteless, hard and easily smashed. Smashed pieces are square or rectangular.

Main chemical constituents are calcium carbonate (CaCO3). And it also contains magnesium, iron, manganese, zinc and other impurities.

Calcite stone health benefits

When it comes to the calcite benefits, as mentioned above it can be used both for decorative and healing purposes. Gem therapists in the West use it according to their colors – they believes that wearing yellow or golden calcite is able to bring in psychological harmony and wisdom; red calcite healing stone can increase energy level; orange calcite is in a position to provide extra ambitious drive for starting a new life; blue calcite is closely associated with positive energy; green calcite is capable of balancing between emotion and joy. In China there is also a similar story about a “longevity village”, where the village people are accustomed to polish the calcite rock into a pillow for the elders. As long as old people have slept on that pillow for some time, they will sleep soundly at night and be full of beans during the day. Believe it or not, today this custom still remains in that village. Well, maybe its ancient herbal remedies can help find the answers.

Proven calcitum herbal remedies

The Chinese Materia Medica classifies this herb as acrid and salty in flavor and cold in properties. And it goes to three meridians of heart, stomach, and kidney. Its major functions are clearing heat and reducing pathogenic fire, disinhibition of the orifices and detumescence. And essential calcite stone uses and indications are seasonal epidemic febrile disease, sthenic fever end extreme thirst, sore throat, edema, anuria, mouth sores, ulcer, erysipelas, and burns. Recommended dosage is from 9 to 15 grams in decoction, powder, or tea pills.

1. Que Shi San. In the recipe of Que Shi San, from Ben Shi Fang (Effective Prescriptions), this herb combines with Huang Lian (Coptis Rhizome) for the cure of delirium in an attack of typhoid fever.

2. Feng Yin Tang. Feng Yin Tang, from Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Coffer), is regularly formulated for epilepsy and paralysis. Other major herbal ingredients are Da Huang (Rhubarb), Gan Jiang (Dried Ginger Root), Long Gu (Fossilized Bones), Gui Zhi (Cinnamon Twig) and so on.

3. Long Nao Gan Lu Wan. In the prescription of Long Nao Gan Lu Wan, from Yao Seng Yuan Ji Yan Fang (YAO Seng-yuan’s Collection of effective recipes)), it works with Gan Cao (Licorice Root), Tian Zhu Huang (Siliceous Secretions of Bamboo), and Long Nao (Borneolum) to treat wind-heat restless heart, dry mouth and raving, strong heat and various poisonings.

4. San Shi Tang. San Shi Tang, from Wen Bing Tiao Bian (Systematic Differentiation of Warm Disease), is mainly designed for strong heat and polydipsia due to warm-heat pathogenic factors affected in qiphase. Other two herbal ingredients are Shi Gao (Gypsum) and Hua Shi (Talcum Powder).

5. E Huang San. In the formula of E Huang San, from Ji sheng fang (Formulas to Aid the Living), this herb couples with Huang Bai (Amur Cork Tree Bark) for the treatment of aphtha.

Calcite stone side effects and contraindications

So far there are no clearly recognized drug interactions and adverse reactions on calcite stone reported. But from the point of view of TCM, it should be avoided if diagnosed with deficiency-cold in spleen and stomach.

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