Abalone Shell

Abalone Shell (Shi Jue Ming)Abalone Shell (Shi Jue Ming)

Botanical Name: Haliotidae Haliotis

Abalone is most often thought of as a delicious seafood in the West. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the shell is also recognized for its ability to treat a wide variety of eye disorders, including glaucoma, conjunctivitis, night blindness and cataracts. The shell is also known to help calm anxiety and sooth headaches caused by what the Chinese call excessive Liver Heat.

Below is an overview of Abalone Shell (Shi Jue Ming), combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of Abalone Shell (Shi Jue Ming).

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Western Name: Abalone Shell

Also Known As: Ear Shells, Sea Ears, Concha Haliotidis

Organs/Systems: Eyes

Key Western Actions:Antibacterial, Anticoagulant, Hepatoprotective Influence, Antipyretic.

Medicinal Uses: Inflamed eyes.


Pin Yin: Shi Jue Ming

Also Known As: Shi Jue Ming translates as “Stone Sense Brightness.”

Meridians: Liver, Kidney

Key Actions: Clears Liver Heat, Subdues Yang, Nourishes Yin, Cools the Liver, Calms Shen, Stops Tremors.

Medicinal Uses: Painful swollen eyes, glaucoma, cataracts, conjunctivitis, night blindness, headaches, red eyes, dizziness, acid reflux, anxiety, arthritis.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

Abalone is a type of mollusk (there are nine types). They are usually captured in the summer or autumn. Abalone shells are elongated and oval with a beautiful pearly inner coating to their shells. The outer surface of the shell is typically a darkish red with many irregular growth lines and 6-9 openings at one end of the shell. The shells are thick, hard to break, and have no odor.

Abalone is native to the waters around California.

Abalone Shell (Shi Jue Ming)Parts Most Frequently Used: Shell, Mineral Extracts

Flavors/Temps: Slightly Salty, Cold to Neutral, Heavy

Caution: Non-toxic, but use with care if suffering from indigestion due to lack of stomach acid.

History/Folklore: Abalone shells are not used in Western herbology. They have been used by Traditional Chinese Medicine as a medicine and by Native Americans as sacred containers used for holding sage and other sacred herbs for smudging an environment.

The Chinese name, “Shi Jue Ming,” derives from the shells ability to treat eye diseases (“ming” means “bright”) and the designation “shi” helps define the substance as a mineral and clearly identifying it as different from cassia seeds (Cassia obtusifolia /Jue Ming Zi). Like abalone shell, cassia seeds are often called “Jue Ming” for short, as they too can help treat eye conditions caused by Liver Heat. The herbs are otherwise entirely different.

The Chinese have long used abalone shells as a medicine to treat conditions associated with Liver Heat, especially all sorts of irritable eye conditions. It is often combined with oyster shell (Ostrea gigas/Mu Li) to help treat headaches due to Yin deficiency.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, raw abalone shell is considered best at treating Liver Heat. Calcined abalone (the shell is refined in water) is preferred for treating eye conditions.

Key Constituents:

Calcium carbonate, Magnesium, Iron, Silicate, Phosphate, Chloride, Zinc, Manganese, Chromium, Copper, small amounts of Iodine and other small amounts of Trace elements.  The Inner Shell: Keratin, with 16 kinds of Amino Acids after being hyrdolysized.

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Used in the West?

In the West, abalone shell is typically only used in art to make crafts and jewelry.

Typical Dosage

Typical dosage for abalone shell is 9-30 grams, crushed and decocted in water. Good quality is large, thick and with a shiny, multicolored undercoat.
Fun fact!

When Using in Decoction...

If used with other herbs in decoction, add the abalone shell first, allowing it to cook for one hour before adding the other ingredients.

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