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Talcum aka Hua Shi  滑石

Talc, also known as talcum or hua shi, is a naturally occurring mineral that is composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. It is often used in cosmetics, such as baby powder, and in the pharmaceutical industry as a lubricant and tablet coating agent.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Uses

In traditional Chinese medicine, talc is believed to have the ability to clear heat and resolve dampness in the body. It is also thought to be effective at clearing summerheat and absorbing excess dampness. Talc is associated with the stomach and urinary bladder meridians and is considered to have a sweet and bland taste. It is also believed to have a cold temperature property.


While talc is generally considered to be safe and effective for the majority of people, there are some contraindications to be aware of. Pregnant women should avoid using talc as it may have harmful effects on the fetus. It should also be avoided by those with a weak spleen qi or a tendency to leak semen, as well as those with a hot disorder that has caused injury to the fluids in the body.


Talc is a versatile mineral that has a wide range of uses in cosmetics and the pharmaceutical industry. It is believed to have the ability to clear heat and resolve dampness in the body, making it a useful tool in traditional Chinese medicine. However, it is important to be aware of the potential contraindications and to use caution when considering its use.

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