Introduction of Zi Ran Tong:Pyrite or Pyritum.

TCM Herbalism:Medicinals and Classifications. ✵The article gives records of the herb Pyrite, its English name, Latin name, property and flavor, its source one mineral, ①.common pyrite of natural iron sulfide, with a detailed introduction to the features of this mineral, the features of the herb Pyrite, its pharmacological actions, medicinal efficacy, and administration guide.


Pyritum:mineral photo Pin Yin Name: Zì Rán Tónɡ.
 English Name: Pyrite.
 Latin Name: Pyritum.
 Property and flavor: neutral in nature, pungent.

 Brief introduction: The herb Pyritum is a brassy yellow mineral, iron disulfide(iron disulphide), cube-like crystals, used for promoting the healing of fractures and relieving traumatic pain. The herb is commonly known as Pyritum, Pyrite, Zì Rán Tónɡ.

 Mineral source: Herbal classic book defined the herb Pyritum(Pyrite) as the common pyrite of natural iron sulfide. This commonly used mineral is introduced as:

 Common pyrite of natural iron sulfide: Equiaxed system. The crystal has various shapes, such as cube, octahedron and pentagonal dodecahedron and their polymorphic form, also have grape shape, granule shape, clock milk shape, and dense block shape. The crystal face is streaked. The color is light bronze. The stripes are brown-black or greenish-black. Strong metallic luster. The solution is an incomplete cube. The fracture is shapeless, sometimes shell-shaped. Hardness is 6~6.5. Specific gravity is 4.9~5.2. Quality is brittle.

 Distribution: the mineral distributes widely, and can be formed in a variety of geological conditions.

 pyrite:herb photo Characters of herbs: The herb is mostly hexagonal, with a particle size of 0.2~2.5 cm, with edges and bright light yellow. Stripes are green, black, or brownish-red. The surface is smooth, and sometimes the fine texture can be seen. It is opacity, with a metallic luster. The herb is heavy, the texture of the herb is hard and brittle, easy to smash, the broken surface is yellow and white, metallic luster. It is odorless and tasteless, but it burns with sulfur gas. The herb of better grade is neat blocks, yellow and bright colors, the fracture surface is metallic. Some pyrite becomes limonite after weathering and airslake, which is yellowish-brown or dark brown. The broken pieces are still dark brown; Sometimes there are yellowish blocks(iron pyrites) inside.

 Pharmacological actions: ①.effect on fracture healing.

 Medicinal efficacy: Eliminating stasis to activate blood circulation, relieve pain, support tendon and set a broken bone. It is indicated for traumatic injury, injury of tendon and muscle, breaking of muscle and tendon(laceration of muscle and tendon), stagnation swelling and aching pain, blood stasis and pain, stagnation stasis and swelling pain, accumulation, galls, sore and ulcer, scald(empyrosis), etc.

 Administration of Pyritum(Zì Rán Tónɡ): 
Reference: Administration Guide of Pyritum(Zì Rán Tónɡ)
TCM Books: ①.Internally:3~9 grams, prepare to pill, powder, better decocted earlier. Externally:proper amount; ②.Internally:water decoction,1~3 qian(about 3~9 grams), or prepare to pill, powder. Externally:prepare to ground herb powder, mixed and apply stick; ③.Internally:water decoction,1~3 qian(about 3~9 grams), or prepared to pill, powder. Externally:prepare to ground herb powder, mixed and apply stick.

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