Mu Li TCM Herb Classifications and Usages
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:
- Dosage: 15-30g cook 20-30 minutes extra
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
- Calms the spirit - palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia.
- Benefits the yin, anchors floating yang - irritable, insomnia, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, blurred vision, bad temper, red flushed face due to yin deficiency with ascending yang.
- Prevents leakage of fluids - continuous sweating in steaming bone disorder, aftermath of warm-febrile disease, spontaneous sweating, night sweats, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, uterine bleeding.
- Softens hardness, dissipates nodules - scrofula, goiter.
- Absorbs acidity - stomach pain, sour taste in the mouth.
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:
Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Wan (Bupleurum, Cinnamon Twig and Ginger Decoction) - Shaoyang disorder with water accumulation - A modification …
Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan (Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula) - Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility…
Da Bu Gan Wan (Major Liver Nutrition Pills) - Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
Gu Zhi Shu Song Wan (Osteoporosis Tablets) - For bone disorders includeing osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Run Chang Wan (Lubricate the Intestines Pills) - Constipation primarily from blood and/or yin deficiency pat…
Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan (Black Chicken White Phoenix Pills) -
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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