Latin name: Gypsum fibrosum
Chinese name: shi gao
What is Gypsum?
Gypsum is a mineral that is found in many countries in Asia, Europe, and of greatest quantity in North America. It has a wide variety of uses outside of its medicinal function, including being a substance found in drywall, plaster, plaster of Paris, blackboard chalk, and historically as a wood substitute in the ancient world. Gypsum has become a source of calcium for Asian cultures that consume very little dairy. Traditional Chinese medicine is the primary medicinal modality that uses gypsum in its system.
What are the health benefits of Gypsum?
Gypsum is conventionally used in combination with other substances such as bletilla rhizome for its medicinal use. Internally, it is used to clear excess heat in the lungs and to treat inflammation of the gums, diabetes, high fevers, excessive thirst, headaches, toothaches, nose bleeds, coughing, and wheezing. When applied externally, gypsum is used to treat eczema, burns, and ulcerated sores.
Where can I find Gypsum?
Gypsum can be found online, in herbal specialty shops, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.
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