Ci Shi


Ci Shi in TCM:

Explore the properties of Ci Shi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: lodestone, magnetite
Pharmacuetical Name: Magnetium
Properties: acrid, salty, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: HT, KD, LV

Flavors: salty, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates qi, clears deficent heat

    Alternate Forms:
  • cui is a tempering process of preparing by frying, dipping in vinegar, then pulverizing. Its better for nourishing KD and grasping qi
  • sheng is better for anchoring yang and calming liver
  • For hearing loss combine Ci Shi with Shu di Huang, Shan Zhu Yu, and Shan Yao.

Actions / Indications:
  • Anchors yang and calms spirit (restlessness, palpitations, insomnia, irritability)
  • Calms LV; anchors floating yang (vertigo, dizziness, tremors; convulsions in children due to fever, irritability, restlessness, seizures)
  • Nourishes KD and LV; improves hearing and vision (clears deficient fire, tinnitus, hearing loss; visual disturbances due to LV and KD deficiency)
  • Aids Kidney to Grasp Qi (chronic asthma due to KD failing to grasp qi)

    Special Notes:
  • (cooking: crush and cook 20-30 minutes first)
  • Ci Shi and other heavy mineral substances should be used with caution because they could injure the SP and ST.

  • (cc: weak SP/ST, hard to digest: caution for OD or long-term use)