English Name: ophicalcite
Pharmaceutical Name: Ophicalcitum
Medica Category: Stop-Bleeding Herbs
Properties: Hua Rui Shi enters the Liver channel; it is sour and astringent in nature and neutral in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Hua Rui Shi is ground, processed ophicalcite, a metamorphic form of limestone that is processed with heat and ground into powder for use as medicine.
Hua Rui Shi stops bleeding and disperses blood stagnation. Clinically it is used to address hemoptysis (coughing up blood) and hematemesis (vomiting blood) when there is also blood stasis present. It is also used topically (in a paste) to stop external bleeding from traumatic injuries.
–safety note: Use with extreme caution during pregnancy.