Zhen Zhu Mu


Zhen Zhu Mu in TCM:

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

English Name: mother of pearl, nacre
Pharmacuetical Name: Concha Margaritaferae
Properties: salty, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: HT, LV

Flavors: salty

Special Properties:
clears heat

    Alternate Forms:
  • Sheng: most functions
  • Duan: absorbing acidity
  • Zhen Zhu / Zhen Zu (Margarita Pteria martensii) - Pearl. sweet, salty, cold; HT and LV: stronger to clear shen, sedates HT, settles tremors and palpitations, clears LV and eliminates superficial obstruction - used for eye exhaustion due to over strain; treats skin exhaustion; promotes healing and generates flesh topically (0.3-0.9g)

Actions / Indications:
  • Calms LV; Anchors floating Yang (LV fire and LYR induced dizziness, headaches, irritability, manic-depressive disorders, tinnitus, seizures, stronger than Zhen Zhu to subdue Yang)
  • Clear LV; brightens vision (photophobia, superficial obstructions, LV deficiency with blurred vision; LV heat with red eyes)
  • Anchor heart; calm spirit (insomnia, palpitations,childhood convulsions; seizures; easily frightened or angered)
  • Neutralizes Acid; Relieves Pain (Stomach pain with sour taste in mouth; acid reflux: modern use for GI ulcers)
  • (cc: SP/ST deficient cold)
  • (cook: crush and cook 20-30 minutes first)

    Special Notes:
  • For dizziness, blurred vision, and night blindness combine zhen zhu mu with Cang Zhu.