Ostreae Concha
Mu Li

Mu Li

Anchor, Settle & Calm the Spirit

Taste: Salty, Astringent
Temperature: Cool
Channels Entered: Liver, Kidney

Dosage: 9-30g; should be cooked first when used in decoctions.

Key Characteristics:

  • Secures deficiency leading to leakage and loss
  • Softens masses or nodules due to constrained heat and phlegm
  • Augments yin deficiency with floating yang leading to disorders in the channels of the Heart, Liver, and Kidneys

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated in cases of high fever due to excess with an absence of sweating.
  • Overdose may lead to indigestion or constipation.

Actions & Indications:

  • Heavily settle and calms the spirit: for palpitations with anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia.
  • Benefits the yin and anchors the floating yang: for irritability, insomnia, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, blurred vision, bad temper, or a red, flushed face due to yin deficiency with ascendant yang.
  • Prevents leakage of fluids: for continuous sweating in patients with steaming bone disorder or in the aftermath of a warm-heat pathogen disease.  Also used as an astringent for spontaneous sweating, nightsweats, nocturnal emissions, spermatorrhea or vaginal discharge, and uterine bleeding due to deficiency.
  • Softens hardness and dissipates nodules: for various kinds of lumps.  Particularly useful for lumps in the neck such as scrofula or goiter.
  • Absorbs acidity and alleviates pain: used in calcined form for excessive Stomach pain with a sour taste in the mouth.