Mu Li (Oyster Shell) - Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Name: Mu Li
English Name: Oyster Shell

Clinical Usage and Indications

  • Calms the spirit - palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia.
  • Benefits the yin, anchors floating yang - irritable, insomnia, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, blurred vision, bad temper, red flushed face due to yin deficiency with ascending yang.
  • Prevents leakage of fluids - continuous sweating in steaming bone disorder, aftermath of warm-febrile disease, spontaneous sweating, night sweats, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, uterine bleeding.
  • Softens hardness, dissipates nodules - scrofula, goiter.
  • Absorbs acidity - stomach pain, sour taste in the mouth.

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Dosage and Preparation Notes

  • Dosage: 15-30g cook 20-30 minutes extra

Channels/Meridians Influenced

Associated Temperature and Taste

Cautions and Contraindications

There are currently no contraindications listed.

Staff Clinician Notes

There are no additional notes for this herb.

Herbal Formulas Which Include This Herb

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  • Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

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    Used for heat that is lodged in the chest affecting all yang stages, also for phlegm in the liver/gall bladder.  Generally used for a range of psychological conditions, aiding with drug withdrawal and related issues.  Symptoms include chest oppression, anxiety, irratiblity, palpitations, excessive/delirious speech, heavy sensation of body, constipation, urinary issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a slippery tongue coating.


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