Talc ( 滑石 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name


Pinyin Mandarin Name

Hua Shi

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used

Whole mineral




Sweet, bland

Meridians Entered

Stomach, Bladder

Common Usages

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.

Common Formulas Used In


Processing Required




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.

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