Talc ( 滑石 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Part of Plant Used
This herb is used in formulas to treat painful, concentrated dark urination with associated symptoms of blood in urine; also used to treat fever, irritability, and thirst due to food poisoning or heatstroke (TCM: heat imbalances); also has been found useful in treating small stones. May be used topically to treat some skin rashes (TCM: dampness).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Promotes urination and drains heat from Bladder; clears heat and releases summer heat; absorbs dampness; expels damp heat through the urine.
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Cautions in Use
Use cautiously during pregnancy. Do not use where there is deficient Spleen or sperm leakage, or where there are depleted fluids due to lengthy fevers or excessive urination.