Gui Ban - Fresh Water Turtle Shell

TCM Materia Medica

Gui Ban TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "gui ban" which in english is "fresh water turtle shell", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yin" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, kidney and liver channels and exhibits cold (han), salty (xian) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 9-30g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Nourish yin, anchor yang - yin deficiency with ascending yang, night sweats, dizziness, tinnitus, steaming bone disorder.
  • Liver and kidney yin deficiency - internal wind symptoms, facial spasms, hand and feet tremors.
  • Benefits kidneys, strengthens bone - sore back, weak legs, slow skeletal growth in children.
  • Cools the blood - stops uterine bleeding due to heat in the blood, excessive menses.
  • Tonify blood, nourish the heart, calm the heart - anxiety, insomnia.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, gui ban is generally included in the following 1 formula:

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As noted above, gui ban is within the herbs that tonify yin functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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