Oyster Shell ( 牡蛎 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Part of Plant Used
Whole shell (crushed)
Oyster shell is used in formulas to treat irritability with associated symptoms of palpitations, insomnia, and anxiety, and sometimes ringing in the ears, blurred vision, and flushed face (TCM: Yin deficiency); also used to treat night sweats, nocturnal emissions, heartburn, and goiter.
Traditional Usages and Functions
Settles and calms Spirit; benefits Yin and restrains floating Yang; prevents leakage of fluids; softens hardness and dissipates nodules; absorbs acidity and alleviates pain.
Common Formulas Used In
Bupleurum and Dragon Bone; Tang Gui and Indigo.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is high fever with no sweating.
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