Hai Ge Ke

Hai Ge Ke in TCM:

English Name: clam shell
Pharmacuetical Name: Concha Meretricis seu Cyclinae
Properties: bitter, salty, cold
Explore the properties of Hai Ge Ke according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

Temperature: cold
Channels: LU, ST
Flavors: bitter, salty
Regulates: clears heat, resolves phlegm, reduces swelling

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears heat; transforms phlegm (phlegm fire in the chest, cough due to lung-heat; difficult to expectorate thick phlegm, chest and rib pain)
  • Softens hardness; dissipates nodules (phlegm-fire goiter and scrofula)
  • Nuetralizes acid; alleviates pain (epgastric pain, and stomach and duodenal ulcers; use calcined form for acid regurgitation; external use on damp sores)
  • (cc: qi deficiency and cold)
  • (cooking: cook first or crush to powder and decoct in cheesecloth)