Wa Leng Zi, Arca Subcrenata, Arca Granosa
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Common Name: Arca Shell
Chinese Name: Wa Leng Zi 瓦楞子（新货）
Latin Name: Arca Subcrenata
Other Name: Arca Inflata, 蚶子壳、毛蛤、瓦垅
Origin: Guangdong, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shandong, Zhejiang Province, China
Storage: Keep in cool, dry and no light place
More About This TCM (In English):
The ark shell comes from a marine bivalve animal, arca granosa L., which is related to the clam, and is found predominantly along the coasts of Europe and the eastern part of the United States. Unlike most bivalves, the animal's blood and tissues contain hemoglobin, which give it a reddish appearance and has earned it the nickname of "sea ham." The animal's shell is small and heart-shaped, with straight-lined striations that give the shell a ruffled, or ridged, appearance. The shells can vary in color from white to yellowish-white to gray, depending on the environment in which the animal lives. The shells are prepared by cleaning and boiling them, then grounding the shells into a fine powder for use in herbal remedies.
In traditional Chinese medicine, ark shell is considered sweet and salty in taste, and mild in nature. It is associated with the Lung, Stomach, Liver and Spleen meridians. Its functions are to remove blood stasis, eliminate phlegm, and soften hard masses. Ark shell has been used to treat conditions such as scrofula, abdominal pain and distension, and acid reflux disease. Ark shell is often used as a decoction; the recommended dose varies between 9 and 30 grams of crushed ark shell, decocted in water for oral administration. Some practitioners may also recommend ark shell powder, which can be taken in doses of 3 to 6 grams, two to three times daily.
Read More Info. About It (In Chinese 中文介绍):
瓦楞子，中药名。为蚶科动物毛蚶Arca subcrenata Lischke、泥蚶Arca granosa Linnaeus或魁蚶Arca inflata Reeve的贝壳。秋、冬至次年春捕捞，洗净，置沸水中略煮，去肉，干燥。毛蚶，生活于浅海泥沙底中，尤其喜在有溪水流入的河口附近。分布于我国沿海地区，以山东半岛的羊角沟，河北的塘沽，辽宁的辽河口等处为多。泥蚶，生活于浅海软泥滩中。分布于我国沿海地区，山东、浙江 、福建、广东等沿海地区皆有养殖。魁蚶，生活于浅海泥沙底中。分布于黄海、渤海、东海及南海等地区。具有消痰化瘀，软坚散结，制酸止痛的功效。用于顽痰胶结，黏稠难咯，瘿瘤，瘰疬，症瘕痞块，胃痛泛酸。
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