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OYSTER SHELL

 

Ground oyster shell is used by Chinese and Unani physicians as a calcium supplement, and for disorders such as insomnia and indigestion. Homeopaths use it for conditions ranging from dizziness to eye infections.

 

Found throughout the world, the oyster shell is a greyish colour on the outside and pearly white on the inside. Like other shells of bivalve shellfish - and several are used in similar ways - the oyster shell consists mainly of calcium salts.

 

PARTS USED

Shell.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Calcium carbonate; calcium phosphate; iodine.

 

ACTIONS

Astringent; sedative; neutralizes excess stomach acid.

 

MEDICINAL USE

Given in Chinese and Unani medicine as a calcium supplement, for instance to strengthen the gums and teeth, and also for indigestion, high blood pressure, restlessness, insomnia, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), night sweats and womb disorders, and after fevers. The homeopathic medicine, Calcarea carbonica, is prescribed for a range of conditions from headaches and dizziness to nightsweats and acute eye infections.

 

PREPARATIONS

Powder, tablets, homeopathic remedies.

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