Botanical Name: Testudinis Plastrum

Gui Ban

Gui Ban

Category: Tonify the Yin

Taste: Salty, Sweet

Temperature: Cold

Channels Entered: Heart, Kidney, Liver

Dosage: 15-45g

Key Characteristics: Strongly tonifies the Liver and Kidney yin, subdues the yang, strengthens the bones, and unblocks the Conception vessel.

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy or in those with cold-dampness of the Stomach.

Actions & Indications:

  • Nourishes the yin and anchors the yang: for yin deficiency with ascendant yang with such symptoms as fever, night-sweats, dizziness, tinnitus, and steaming bone disorder. Also for yin deficiency of the Liver and Kidneys that generates internal wind symptoms such as facial spasms and tremors of the hands and feet.
  • Benefits the Kidneys and strengthens the bones: for Kidney yin deficiency with such symptoms as soreness of the lower back, weakness in the legs, retarded skeletal development in children, or failure of the fontanel to close.
  • Nourishes the blood, enriches the yin, and stabilizes the Penetrating and Conception vessels: for red and/or white vaginal discharge or uterine bleeding.
  • Cools the blood and stops uterine bleeding: for excessive menstruation or uterine bleeding caused by chaotic movement of hot blood.
  • Nouishes the blood and tonifies the Heart: for Heart deficiency with anxiety, insomnia, and forgetfulness.
  • Also for nonhealing sores and ulcerations.