Hai Piao Xiao - Cuttlefish Bone

TCM Materia Medica

Hai Piao Xiao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "hai piao xiao" which in english is "cuttlefish bone", is categorized within the "herbs that stabilize and bind" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, liver and stomach channels and exhibits salty (xian) and warm (wen) 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: 4.5-12g

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

  • Stops uterine bleeding with vaginal discharge - useful for deficiency patterns.
  • Retains essence due to kidney deficiency - nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, leukorrhea.
  • Harmonizes the stomch - epigastric pain, acid reflux.
  • Resolves dampness, promotes healing - topically for rashes and ulcers.
  • Diarrhea from deficiency patterns - pain CV 8 (navel), diarrhea/dysentery.

As noted above, hai piao xiao is within the herbs that stabilize and bind functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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