Jin Huang San which translates to English as “Golden Yellow Powder” is a remarkable herbal formula. Originally formulated by Chen Shi-Gong in 1617, Jin Huang San was originally called Ru Yi Jin Huang San (As You Desire, Golden Yellow Powder). This herbal formula is very popular in china and even used in most Chinese hospitals. It can treat a very wide range of acute or chronic dermatological and traumatic disorders. Picture courtesy of flickr.com
The formula is usually applied to disorders which are indicated by red, hot swellings that have not come to an head. They often will be painful (burning) and itch. For example, it is useful for carbuncles, boils, insect bites, poison oak/ivy, burns, herpes zoster, etc. (see complete list below).
FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY
Used for early stage boils or summer boils, presenting as red swelling, itching, burning pain, and a short root, and also chronic long standing wounds and ulcers, bed sores and diabetic ulcers, .
- Contact dermatitis
- Herpes Zoster
- Trauma (such as sprains)
- Deep-set toxic sores Furunculosis (multiple boils occurring at the same time or with repeated occurrences), which often occur on the neck, back, and hip.
- Acute Phelgmon (especially with edema)
- Acute lymphangitis
- Acute lymphnoditis
- Acute pyogenic parotitis
- Acute mastitis
- Epididymitis Cold injury (e.g. with red-swelling, burning pain)
- Chronic ulcers (early stage with red-swelling, burning pain, or with fluid flowing out and itching.)
- Cyst of the sebaceous glands
- Swellings from trauma Erisipelas
This formula can be found on the internet but you can ensure the quality and get more for your money by making it yourself. If you decide you want to make it yourself, below is a step by step tutorial on how to go about it.
- Trichosanthis Radix (tian hua fen), 50g
- Phellodendri Cortex (huang bai), 25g
- Rhei Radix et Rhizoma (da huang), 25g
- Curcumae longae Rhizoma (jiang huang), 25g
- Angelicae dahuricae Radix (bai zhi), 25g
- Magnoliae officinalis Cortex (hou po), 12g
- Citri reticulatae Pericarpium (chen pi), 12g
- Atractylodis Rhizoma (cang zhu), 12g
- Arisaematis Rhizoma (tian nan xing), 12g
- Glycyrrhizae Radix (gan cao), 12g
- Halloysitum Rubrum (chi shi zhi), 15g (Modification for non healing ulcers and wounds)
- Sangusorbae Radix (Di Yu), 12g (Modification for non healing ulcers and wounds, especially bed sores)
1. Purchase the herbs at a local Chinese herb shop. It should be relatively easy to find one in your area. It cost me $6 per pack of herbs and I had one pack powdered by the shop for $4. The herbs Generally come wrapped together in a piece of paper. The herbs look like this (I separated the herbs to show you what they look like, you don’t need to do this):
2. I used two packets of herbs to make the powder at home. Next step is to reduce the size of the individual herbs. I chose to do this by using a large mortar. Note: You can use a “vitamin”, a food processor, or whatever you may have. I ground the herbs a little at a time to make it more manageable.
3. After reducing the size of the herbs, it’s time to ground them into powder. I used an old coffee grinder; there’s also herb grinders available but they usually cost around $300. Make sure to ground only about a handful at a time in order to make things easier on yourself and the grinder. If the grinder feels like its getting to hot than let it rest until it cools down. I picked out the bigger pieces of Hou Po (Magnolia Cortex) and ground them first because they are the most fibrous and could require a second grinding. Hou Po is the longer dark pieces of tree bark. You can see them next to the white pieces (Tien Hua Fen) in the middle of the platter in the picture under step one.
4. Lastly your powder should come out looking like the second to last picture below. Its no surprise how it got the name “golden yellow powder”. I like to put the powder in a tupperware or a bag and mix it up well before putting it into a container. After its mixed up well it’s easiest to transfer the powder using a big piece of paper such as the paper the herb shop gave you, I happened to use a paper bag. I eventually transferred it into an old spaghetti jar and a old jar used for jam. Make sure to label it so people are aware of what it is.
The whole process took me less than an hour but it was totally worth it. Finally, how do you use it?
Preparation tips: this formula is usually made into a paste or plaster using tea water, honey, fresh juice from Chrysanthemi indici Flos (ye ju hua), sesame oil, wine, petroleum jelly, oil, ginger juice, A&D, shea butter, and you can also use your favorite lotion; I have a friend that just put the powder directly on their skin to help with acne. Get Creative and try different things with the medium! If it’s a sore that has not erupted or a chronic open wound, like a boil or ulcer, it’s best to cover it with a piece of gauze or large enough bandage. This is a very power formula and you will be happy to have it! Please leave feedback of your success stories.
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