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Haliotis gigantea

ABALONE, SEA EAR SHELLS

 

Ear-shaped abalone shells are prescribed in Chinese medicine for many conditions, including fevers, aches, dizziness, red eyes and blurred vision.

 

They are from the warm seas of the world best known for their colourful pearly lining, which is often made into jewellery. The rather chewy clam contained within the shell is eaten. Abalone, which is a mollusc, clings to rocks with its muscular foot. The rows of holes in its shell are designed to enable it to breathe.

 

PARTS USED

Whole shell.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Calcium carbonate; trace minerals.

 

ACTIONS

Sedative; helps reduce fever; lowers blood pressure.

 

MEDICINAL USE

Prescribed by Chinese physicians for a range of ailments, including fevers, headache, dizziness, red eyes, and blurred vision, particularly due to cataracts.

 

PREPARATIONS

Powdered shell or decoction internally; very fine powder externally on eyelids.

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