TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "hai ge ke" which in english is "clam shell", is categorized within the "herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, lung and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku), neutral (ping) and salty (xian) 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
As noted above, hai ge ke is within the herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
(truncated intro "... used for phlegm-heat and dry-phlegm patterns - coughs, scrofula, goiters (stagnant phlegm-fire in the channel), convulsions. )".