Cuttlefish Bone (Wuzeigu)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Os Sepiae seu Sepiellae|
|Botanical Name:||Sepiella maindroni de Rochebrune
Sepia esculenta Hoyle.
|Common Name:||Cuttlefish bone
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The cuttlefish is caught from April to August. The bone is removed from the fish and dried for twenty-four hours.|
|Properties and Taste:||Salty, astringent and slightly warm|
|Meridian:||Liver and kidney|
|Functions:||To astringe and stop bleeding
To control the essence and relieve leukorrhea
To restrain hyperacidity and stop pain
To promote healing of ulcers
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Hemorrhage.
*Use with Rubia root (Qiancao), Carbonized petiole of windmill palm (Zonglutan) and Donkey hide gelatin (Ejiao). *Cuttlefish bone (Wuzeigu) can be used alone for bleeding due to external injuries.
2. Deficiency of the kidneys manifested as seminal emissions or leukorrhea.
*Use with Dogwood fruit (Shanzhuyu), Dioscorea (Shanyao), Dadder seed (Tusizi) and Oyster shell (Muli).
3. Stomach pain and acid regurgitation.
*Use with Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuanbeimu) in the formula Wu Bei San.
4. Eczema or chronic ulcers.
*Use with Phellodendron bark (Huangbai) and Natural indigo (Qingdai) for external use in powder form.
|Cautions:||This substance is contraindicated in cases with deficient yin and excessive heat.|