Purple Cowrie Shell (Zibeichi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Concha Mauritiae|
|Botanical Name:||Mauritiae Arabica (L)|
|Common Name:||Purple Cowrie Shell|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Xinxiu Bencao|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The shells are collected in summer, then cleaned, dried in the sun and broken into pieces.|
|Properties and Taste:||Salty and neutral|
|Functions:||To calm the heart and tranquilize the mind
To clear heat in the liver and brighten eyes
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Palpitations, irritability, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep or infantile convulsions due to high fever.
*Use with Coptis root (Huanglian), Mother-of-pearl (Zhenzhumu) and Ante's horn (Lingyangjiao).
2. Wind and heat in the liver meridian manifested as red, swollen and painful eyes or visual obstruction; or hyperactivity of liver yang manifested as dizziness, vertigo and headache.
*Use with Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua), Mulberry leaf (Sangye) and Uncaria stem (Gouteng).
|Cautions:||The substance is cooked before the other herbs.|