Theory

Mu Li Oyster Shell - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Mu Li Names

  • English Name: Oyster Shell
  • Pinyin Name: Mu Li

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Functional Groupings



Mu Li Clinical Usages and Indications

  • Calms the spirit - palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia.
  • Benefits the yin, anchors floating yang - irritable, insomnia, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, blurred vision, bad temper, red flushed face due to yin deficiency with ascending yang.
  • Prevents leakage of fluids - continuous sweating in steaming bone disorder, aftermath of warm-febrile disease, spontaneous sweating, night sweats, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, leukorrhea, uterine bleeding.
  • Softens hardness, dissipates nodules - scrofula, goiter.
  • Absorbs acidity - stomach pain, sour taste in the mouth.


Mu Li Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 15-30g cook 20-30 minutes extra




Mu Li Appears In 5 Formulas

Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

  • Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula
    • Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility, and insomnia from heat due to liver yang or fire.
    • Mental disorders such as including biopolar and schizophrenia resulting from distrubed shen.
    • Symptoms of addiction recovery:¬†cravings, anxiety, mood swings etc.
  • Calm The Spirit
  • Sedate and Calm the Spirit

Da Bu Gan Wan

  • Major Liver Nutrition Pills
    • Brittle nails, yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
    • Abdominal cramping, distension or pain in the hypochrondia due to liver qi stangation
    • Fatty liver, hepatitis and other liver diseases.¬†
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Gu Zhi Shu Song Wan

  • Osteoporosis Tablets
    • For bone disorders includeing osteoporosis and osteopenia.
    • May help reduce or prevent further bone loss.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi

Run Chang Wan

  • Lubricate the Intestines Pills
    • Constipation primarily from blood and/or yin deficiency patterns. ¬†
    • Dryness of the skin, nails, and/or hair.
  • Drain Downward
  • Moisten the Intestines and Unblock the Bowels
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Avoid during pregnancy.
    • Use with caution if at all when breastfeeding as rhubarb may contribute to colic and/or diarrhea in infants.

Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan




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