Gui Ban

Gui Ban in TCM:

English Name: testudinis shell (ventral side), tortoise plastron
Pharmacuetical Name: Plastrum Testudinis
Properties: salty, sweet, cold
Explore the properties of Gui Ban according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cold
Channels: HT, KD, LV
Flavors: sweet, salty
Tonifies: blood, yin
Regulates: disperses wind, stops bleeding, clears deficent heat

    Alternate Forms:
  • sheng- to nourish yin and anchor yang
  • cu zhi- to benefit the KD, cool blood, nourish blood

Actions / Indications:
  • Nourishes yin; anchors yang (dizziness, vertigo, yin deficiency and yang rising with night sweats,tinnitus, steaming bone disorder; internal wind due to yin deficiency with facial spasms and tremors of the hands and feet)
  • Tonifies KD; Strengthens Bones (soreness and weakness of low back and legs, slow skeletal development in childre, or failure of fontanel to close)
  • Cools blood; stops uterine bleeding (excessive menstruation or uterine bleeding due to yin deficiency and deficient heat)
  • Nourishes blood; tonifies HT (palpitations, HT yin and blood deficiency with anxiety, forgetfulness, insomnia)
  • (cc: damp-cold ST or diarrhea due to cold)
  • (cooking: CRUSH and cook 30 minutes prior to adding other ingredients)

    Special Notes:
  • Compare to Bie Jia
  • Originally only the ventral side was used, but today both ventral and dorsal sides of the shell are used.