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Latin Plant Name: Concha Haliotidis
Pinyin Mandarin Name: Shi Jue Ming
Common English Name: Abalone Shell
Chinese Name:Shi jue ming
Part of Plant Used: Whole shell
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Properties: Salty in flavour, cold in nature, it acts on liver channel. It is effective for nourishing Yin and checking exuberance of yang, clearing away the from the liver to improve vision, relieving dizziness due to liver-yang and conjunctival congestion due to liver-heat.
Origin: It is the shell of Halio tis diversicolor Reeve, H. gigantea discus Reeve and H.ovina Chemnitz, family Halio tidae.
Property, taste and attributive meridian.
Salty in taste, cold in property. Enters the liver meridian.
Effects: Calming the liver-yang and checking exuberance of Yang, clearing away heat from the liver to improve vision.
General Usage: To be decocted before adding other ingredients.
Meridians Entered: Liver, Kidneys
Common Medicinal Usages:
Action: To subdue hyperactivity of the liver, quench its fire and improve eyesight.
Indications: Headache and dizziness; blurred vision due to nebula, optic atrophy and night blindness.
This herb is used in formulas to treat high blood pressure, eye redness with light sensitivity, blurred vision, glaucoma, cataracts, headaches behind eyes, and spasms (TCM: Liver imbalances with heat symptoms).
Traditional Usages and Functions:
Quells fire and causes Yang to descend; brightens eyes and causes superficial visual obstructions to recede.
Common Formulas Used In : Rehmannia and Dogwood Fruit.
Processing : Required
Cautions in Use; Do not use during pregnancy. Not useful in most cases where there are no heat symptoms.
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