Ming Fan


Ming Fan in TCM:

Explore the properties of Ming Fan according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: alum
Pharmacuetical Name: Alumen
Properties: toxic, sour, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU, LI, ST, SP, LV

Flavors: toxic, sour

Special Properties:
clears heat, clears damp, eliminates toxins, expels parasites, resolves phlegm, stops bleeding

    Other Forms:
  • ku fan (calcined alum) - primarily for external use, stronger astringent action

Actions / Indications:
  • Relieves toxicity; Kills parasites; Dries damp; Stops itching (genital itching, external use for scabies, ringworms, rashes, eczema due to dampness or damp-heat; swollen painful eyes or throat; carbuncles)
  • Stops Bleeding; Relieves Diarrhea (internal use for chronic diarrhea, blood in stool, dysenteric disorder, uterine bleeding, vaginal discharge; topical for epistaxis, bleeding hemorrhoids, bleeding gums, bleeding due to external trauma)
  • Clears Heat and Phlegm (internal use for wind-phlegm with irritability, mania, delerium, epilepsy, convulsions, seizures; cough with sticky sputum)

  • External Application: For powder or paste use dose appropriate for area; 10-30g dissolved in decoction for a wash or hot compress
  • Internal Application: 0.6-1.5g in pill or powder
    Special Notes:
  • Ming Fan has been shown to have an antibiotic effect against a wide spectrum of bacteria.

  • (cc: pregnancy contraindications for internal use)
  • (cc: weak digestive systems)
  • (cc: in absence of damp-heat)