Mu Li- Stabilize and Bind
LV, KI (15-30g)

Mu Li - Oyster Shells
When the captain of the wooden ship anchored his Yang in the calm seas near a pile of oyster shells he sprung a leak and was unable to restrain the leakage of fluids. He began shouting painful acidic curses at his parrot but as the ship went down however the captain began to feel remorse, so he softened his hardness towards the bird and even fed it some nodules of cracker-bread. Both the captain and his parrot survived by eating raw oysters which they would CRUSH and COOK FIRST.

Perhaps if the captain hadn't been a chronic drinker (cc: SP/ST deficient cold) he could have avoided the situation. While stranded on the island the captain found out that eating oysters is a good thing, but running into too many oyster shells can mean trouble (cc: overdose, especially of duan form, may cause indigestion and constipation).

English Name: oyster shell
Pharmacuetical Name: Concha Ostrae
Properties: salty, astringent, cool

   Explanation of Key Words in this story...
wooden ship anchored his Yang in the calm seas calms LV; anchors yang
Prevents the leakage of fluids prevents leakage of fluids
painful acidic curses neutralizes acidity; alleviates pain
softened his hardness... nodules softens hardness; dissipates nodules
CRUSHED...COOKED FIRST (cooking: crush and cook 20-30 minutes first)


       Mu Li Actions and Indications
  • Calms LV; Anchors floating Yang (LYR induced irritability, severe insomnia, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, blurred vision; manic depressive disorders, stronger than Long Gu to subdue LV yang)
  • Prevents leakage of fluids (sweating due to steaming bone disorder or post warm-febrile, spontaneous sweat, night sweats, nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, frequent urination, incontinence, vaginal discharge, uterine bleeding due to deficiency)
  • Softens hardness; dissipates nodules (various lumps in neck, scrofula, goiter, breast cysts)
  • Neutralizes Acidity; Relieves Pain (Stomach fire with acid reflux: modern use for GI ulcers; chronic sores and ulcers, eczema, damp rashes: external or internal use)
  • (cc: SP/ST deficient cold)
  • (cc: overdose, especially of duan form, may cause indigestion or constipation)
  • (cook: crush and cook 20-30 minutes first)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Sheng: to anchor LV yang and soften hardness
  • Duan: absorbing acidity to prevent leakage
  • Zhen Zu (Margarita Pteria martensii) - sweet, salty, cold; HT and LV: sedates HT, settles tremors and palpitations, clears LV and eliminates superficial obstruction; promotes healing and generates flesh topically (0.3-0.9g)

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