The TCM herb "mu li" which in english is "oyster shell", is categorized within the "herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits cool 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:
Mu Li may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: anxiety, dizziness (vertigo), goiter, headache, insomnia, leukorrhea, night sweats (sleep hyperhidrosis), palpitations, tinnitus and/or vision problems
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, mu li is generally included in the following 6 formulas:
Shaoyang disorder with water accumulation - A modification of xiao chai hu tang with gui zhi and gan jiang to work with mixed pattern cases of "heat above, cold below". Generally for patients with e…
Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility, and insomnia from heat due to liver yang or fire. Mental disorders such as including biopolar and schizophrenia resulting from distrubed …
Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice). Abdominal cramping, distension or pain in the hypochrondia due to liver qi stangation Fatty liver, hepatitis and other liver diseases.
For bone disorders includeing osteoporosis and osteopenia. May help reduce or prevent further bone loss.
Constipation primarily from blood and/or yin deficiency patterns. Dryness of the skin, nails, and/or hair.
As noted above, mu li is within the herbs that anchor, settle and calm the spirit functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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