|Botanical Name:||Sargassum pallidum (Turn.) G. Ag.
Sargassum fusiforme (Harv.) Setch.
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||Entire plant is collected in summer, cleaned, cut into pieces and dried in the shade.|
|Properties and Taste:||Salty and cold|
|Meridian:||Liver, stomach and kidney|
|Functions:||To resolve phlegm and soften hardness
To promote water metabolism
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Goiter.
*Use with Laminaria (Kunbu) in the formula Haizao Yuhu Tang.
*Use with Prunella spike (Xiakucao), Scrophularia (Xuanshen) and Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuanbeimu) in the formula Neixiao Lei Li Wan.
3. Edema of the foot or general edema.
*Use with Poria (Fuling) and Alismatis rhizome (Zexie).
|Cautions:||This herb should not be combined with Licorice root (Gancao), as they counteract each other.|