Pharmaceutical Latin: Borax
Common English: Borax
Obsolete Substances: Herbs for Topical Application
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Powder and Pills: 1.5-3g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Relieves toxicity and prevents putrefication

Pain and swelling of the throat, open sores in the mouth, white, draining vaginal lesions (internally and topically)

Resolves toxicity, reduces swellings and treats the eyes

Red, swollen and painful eyes and superficial visual obstruction. Can be used alone

Clears Heat and dissolves Phlegm

Hot Phlegm obstruction with difficult-to-expectorate sputum (internal)

Dries Dampness and transforms stones

Blisters between the toes (Dampness)

Painful urinary dysfunction with stones
  • Use caution internally.
  • Long term use can cause renal dysfunction.
  • When used externally, it should be calcined.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin Deficiency with Dryness of the Yang fluids with exhaustion of the marrow and desiccation of the Ying forming Lung atrophy Heat distention.
  • Contraindicated for those with Painful obstruction and stifling sensations with failure of Qi to flow freely.

Bing Pian
Ming Fan

Xiong Huang
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou
Bul Fritillariae Thunbergii
Zhe Bei Mu

Swelling and ulcerations of the mouth, tongue, and throat.


Phlegm-Heat induced cough with difficult expectoration.

Rx. Asparagi
Tian Men Dong
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Persimmon Frost

Natrii Sulfas
Mang Xiao
Bing Pian
Zhen Zhu
Zhu Sha

Er Cha
Zhen Zhu

Cough with thick, viscous sputum due to Yin Deficiency with Internal Heat.

Topically as a powder for ulcerations of the mouth or sore throat.

General disorders of the oral cavity.

Indigo Naturalis
Qing Dai
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Bing Pian
Natrii Sulfas
Mang Xiao

Charred Pollen Typhae
Pu Huang

General disorders of the oral cavity with Heat and toxins.

Powder and apply topically to the corner of the eye for rye redness, swelling and pain.

Bleeding lesions.

Rx. Adenophorae
Nan Sha Shen
Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii
Zhe Bei Mu
Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou
Cx. Mori
Sang Bai Pi
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin



Chronic cough with a sore throat and yellow, sticky, difficult-to-expectorate Phlegm.



  1. It is used as a gargle for sore throat, tonsillitis, mouth and tongue sores and stuck bone in the throat.
  2. It is taken internally for Hot Phlegm.
  3. It treats all disorders involving Qi closure with difficult breathing and Phlegm-Fire clumping.
  4. It can be used as an eye wash for eye redness, swelling and pain.
  5. For skin sores and ulcerations, use unprocessed Peng Sha to clear Heat and eliminate toxins and calcined Duan Peng Sha to drain pus and enhance recovery.
  6. Both Peng Sha and Calamina Lu Gan Shi nourish, prevent putrefication and resolve toxicity and both treat the eyes. Peng Sha is primarily used to clear Heat and dissolve Phlegm to prevent putrefication. It focuses on the mucous membranes. Lu Gan Shi dries Dampness and generates flesh and is best for long-term drainage off pus from open sores or wounds that do not heal.
  7. Calcined Borax Duan Peng Sha has restraining, inhibiting and drying properties and is good for weeping lesions.
  8. Borax is toxic and its use both for external and internal application is forbidden in many countries. A lethal dose for adults is 12-30g.