Abalone Shell

Abalone Shell (Shi Jue Ming)

Botanical Name: Haliotis diversicolor, H. gigantea discuss

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 soothe headaches caused by what the Chinese call excessive Liver Heat.

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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 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, Stop Tremors

Medicinal Uses: Painful swollen eyes, glaucoma, cataracts, conjunctivitis, night blindness, headaches, migraines, red eyes, osteoporosis, palpitations, foggy brain, dizziness, acid reflux, anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, tremors.

Basic Habitat / Botany:

Abalone is a type of mollusk (there are nine types). Essentially, mollusks are a type of marine snail. They are usually captured in the summer or autumn. Now listed as endangered, they are becoming an excellent example of sustainable farming. 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.

Seven different species of Abalone are native to the waters around California. Certain varieties can also be found in the cold waters of New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Japan, Chile, Western North America, and China.

Parts Most Frequently Used: Shell, Mineral Extract

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

Caution: Considered safe and non-toxic. However, use abalone shell with care if you are suffering from indigestion due to lack of stomach acid. The dust created when cutting or polishing the shells can irritate the skin.

Key Constituents: Outer Shell – Calcium carbonate, Magnesium, Iron, Silica, Phosphate, Chloride, Zinc, Manganese, Chromium, Copper, small amounts of Iodine, and other small amounts of Trace mineral elements. The Inner Shell – Keratin, with 16 kinds of hydrolyzed Amino Acids

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

Now declared endangered, abalone harvesting is very carefully monitored or illegal. It is, however, safely farmed. Several species are highly susceptible to landslides following fires, ocean acidification, and increased storms. All West Coast species in the United States have been declared at risk for extinction. Most species are found in the cold waters of New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Western North America, Japan, and China.

As a food, abalone is considered a Yin nourishing food that supports the internal organs. It is also viewed as a Yang warming food with aphrodisiac properties. Abalone is a balanced Yin Yang food. It can help moisturize the Lungs and long-term consumption has been shown to help prevent cancer. Abalone is an excellent source of protein, iodine, and selenium.

Farmed abalone in China is mainly fed with kelp. They consume a third of the country’s kelp production. Given the need for clean water and the use of seaweed for feed, it is considered a model industry for green and sustainable farming in China and other parts of the world. Farmed abalone is considered to have one of the highest sustainable ratings among all seafood. China is the largest producer of abalone in the world. Abalone is a popular Chinese New Year dish among businessmen as it is considered to promote prosperity and is delicious.

The Chinese name for abalone shell, “Shi Jue Ming,” derives from its ability to treat eye diseases (“ming” means “bright”) and the designation “shi” helps define the substance as a mineral and identify it as different from cassia seeds (Cassia obtusifolia /Jue Ming Zi), which, like abalone shell, is 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, including anxiety, headaches, palpitations, and especially all sorts of irritable eye conditions. It is often combined with oyster shells (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.

Abalone is an expression of healing Ocean Energy. The shells generate a feeling of peace, calm, and being connected to nature. The shells are recognized for transforming negative energy into positive energy. Just looking at or meditating upon the shells can help reduce anxiety.

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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

The typical dosing recommendation is 9- 30 g of dry, crushed shell, which is then decocted in water for about one hour alone or before adding other herbs.

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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