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CinnabrisCinnabaris

CINNABAR, QUICKSILVER, MERCURIC SULPHIDE

 

The Romans were the first to extract mercury from this crimson ore. Mercury was a known poison, yet was commonly used in the West until 1900. Cinnabar is still prescribed in Chinese medicine, and mercury is used homeopathically and in tooth fillings.

 

Found throughout the world, cinnabar is the only important mercury-containing ore. Its dramatic crimson colour first attracted man in ancient times, when it was collected to make the dye we call vermilion. Mercury's poisonous nature did not stop its frequent use in futile medicines until the 20th century, and it is still used in close proximity to man, for example, in thermometers, disinfectants, and fungicides.

 

PARTS USED

Mercuric sulphide.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Mercury.

 

ACTIONS

Reduces muscle tension and spasm; sedative.

 

MEDICINAL USE

Although mercury is so toxic that its medicinal use in the West has greatly dwindled, most of us have mercury amalgam fillings in our teeth. The safety of this practice has recently been challenged. Chinese physicians give cinnabar to sedate and calm both physically-and-emotionally-caused palpitations, and apply it as a powder for mouth ulcers, sore throats and carbuncles. Mercurius solubilis is given homeopathically for mouth and throat sores, and for infected swellings such as tonsillitis.

 

PREPARATIONS

Powder, pills, homeopathic remedies.

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