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A Versatile Ally in Chinese Medicine


Salt is seen as cold and salty in Chinese medicine. It helps cleanse the body and is often linked with the stomach, kidneys, and both small and large intestines.

How to Use Salt

  • For Bleeding Gums: Brush your teeth with fine salt in the morning and at night.
  • For Belly Pain: Mix salt and vinegar and drink it to feel better.
  • For Itchy Skin or Boils: Rub salt around areas like boils or itchy spots to feel less itchy.
  • For Constipation: Drink a cup of salt water first thing in the morning with an empty stomach.
  • For Sore Throat: Gargle with salt water to feel better.
  • To Stop Smoking: Lick a bit of salt before smoking to help you quit in a month.
  • For Food Issues: Brown some salt, mix with warm water, and drink it if you ate something bad.
  • For Skin Issues: Mix salt with two cups of water and wash the skin to help with itching and swelling.
  • For Hiccups: Lick a little salt, let it melt in your mouth, and slowly swallow it.


Salt is said to balance the harmful effects of some plants. In the Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, it says that salt is good for the kidneys but not good for certain kidney issues like edema. So, don't have too much salt if you have kidney problems.

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