Shi Jue Ming - Abolone Shell

TCM Materia Medica

Shi Jue Ming TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "shi jue ming" which in english is "abolone shell", is categorized within the "herbs that extinguish wind and stop tremors" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits 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:

  • Dosage: 9-30g

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

  • Drains liver fire, descends rising yang - headache, dizziness, red eyes.
  • Liver heat disturbing the vision - photophobia, pterygium, visual obstruction.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding shi jue ming:

Compare with Qing Xiang Zi, Jue Ming Zi, Xia Ku Cao, Man Jing Zi, Mi Meng Hua - they all reduce liver fire, expel wind-heat from the head especially from the eyes, and descend liver yang.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, shi jue ming is generally included in the following 1 formula:

  • Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan (Gastrodia and Uncaria Formula) - Headaches, vertigo, dizziness, tinnitis, floaters or blurry…
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    As noted above, shi jue ming is within the herbs that extinguish wind and stop tremors functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... for internal wind. results from liver and kidney imbalances - yin deficiency, ascendant liver yang, blood deficiency, high fevers. symptom…)".

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