Source The mineral of ¡ron sulphide, formed by putting iron pyrites in neutral or alkaline solution under high temperatures.

Producing Areas Sichuan, Hunan, Yunnan, Hebei, Liaoning

Properties Spicy, Neutral

Channels Liver


  • Relieves pain and traumatic injuries
    Used for injuries with swelling, pain, inflammation and bruising. May be used as medicinal powder with Chinese Angelica (Danggui), Fortune’s Drynaria Rhizome etc.
  • Heals broken bones and sinews
    For fractured bones, sprains, strains and contusions. May be used with Sappan Wood, Frankincense, Dragon’s Blood etc.
  • Dispels blood stasis

Usage and Dosage
10–15 g is used in decoction for oral use; often used in pills and powder. When prepared with vinegar, 0.3 g is used each time.

Used with caution in the case of blood deficiency without stasis, flaming-up of fire due to deficiency olyin. Not suitable for prolonged use.

Keep in a dry place.

Description of Quality Herb
The good ones are yellow and shiny and have even surfaces. The broken pieces emit a metallic glow.