Mu Li


Mu Li in TCM:

Explore the properties of Mu Li according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: oyster shell
Pharmacuetical Name: Concha Ostrae
Properties: salty, astringent, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: KD, LV

Flavors: astringent, salty

Special Properties:
disperses wind, reduces swelling

    Alternate Forms:
  • Sheng: to anchor LV yang and soften hardness
  • Duan: absorbing acidity to prevent leakage
  • Zhen Zu (Margarita Pteria martensii) - sweet, salty, cold; HT and LV: sedates HT, settles tremors and palpitations, clears LV and eliminates superficial obstruction; promotes healing and generates flesh topically (0.3-0.9g)

Actions / Indications:
  • Calms LV; Anchors floating Yang (LYR induced irritability, severe insomnia, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, blurred vision; manic depressive disorders, stronger than Long Gu to subdue LV yang)
  • Prevents leakage of fluids (sweating due to steaming bone disorder or post warm-febrile, spontaneous sweat, night sweats, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, incontinence, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding due to deficiency)
  • Softens hardness; dissipates nodules (various lumps in neck, scrofula, goiter, breast cysts)
  • Neutralizes Acidity; Relieves Pain (Stomach fire with acid reflux: modern use for GI ulcers; chronic sores and ulcers, eczema, damp rashes: external or internal use)

    Special Notes:
  • (cook: crush and cook 20-30 minutes first)
  • Compare Mu Li to >Shi Jue Ming and Long Gu.

  • (cc: SP/ST deficient cold)
  • (cc: overdose, especially of duan form, may cause indigestion or constipation)