TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "hai zao" which in english is "sargassum, seaweed", is categorized within the "herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, liver, lung and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cold (han) 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:
Hai Zao has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
As noted above, hai zao 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. )".