Sea Horse

Source

Sea Horse is the whole body of Hippocampus kelloggi Jordan et Snyder and several species of the same genus, (Fam. Syngnathidae).

Producing Areas

Guangdong, Shandong, Liaoning, Fujian, etc.

Properties

Sweet, Warm

Channels

Kidney Liver

Action

-Invigorates the kidney and strengthens yang

For abdominal mass, trauma, scrofula and goiter.

Usage and Dosage

3 – 9g is used in decoction for oral use, or ground powder for external use.

Notes

Contraindicated for pregnant women and those with hyperactive fire due to deficiency of yin.

Characteristics of Herb

Hippocampus Kelloggi Jordan et Snyder

The body of Xianwen Haima is flat and curved with corrugated pattern and short thorns, about 30cm long. The surface is yellowish white. Its head is slightly like horse head with crest-like bulge, tubular lips and deep eyes. There are 7 edges on its trunk and 4 edges on its tail which gradually becomes smaller and is curled. It is hard and light. The flavour is slightly salty, with slighty fishy smell.

 

Three-Spot Sea Horse

It is 10 – 18c, long with black spots on its back.

 

Big Sea Horse

Da Haima is 20 -30cm long, black in colour with small dark or silver-white spots on its head and body.

 

Thorny Sea Horse

Ci Haima is 15 – 20cm long, yellowish white with fine, sharp thorns on its head and upper body.

 

Small Sea Horse

Xiao Haima is 7 – 10cm long, black brown in colour.

 

Professional Advice

The common ways of adulteration are stuffing fish powder, paraffin wax and sand,  etc. into the Haima’s barrel, pouch and spinal cord.

Storage

Keep in a cool and dry place with Chinese prickly ash in its container. Protect it from moths.

Description of Quality Herb

Good Haima is big in size, solid, light in weight, integrated in build, white in colour and clean.

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