Hai Zao – Sargassum – Black tangly seaweed

Nature: salty, cold

Enters: Liver, Stomach, Kidney, Lung

Actions: Softens masses; resolves phlegm; promotes urination, reduces edema.

• Phlegm accumulation: masses, lumps, neck nodules – goiter, scrofula.
• Adjunct herb for edema due to leg qi or floating edema.
• Pain associated with hernial disorder.
• Stronger than Kun bu to promote urination.
• May soften atherosclerosis.
• Contains iodine – caution with hyperthyroidism (when due to iodine excess).
• May lower cholesterol.
Li: With Kun bu, also with Gui ban: for polycystic kidneys, all cysts and swellings, inner ear phlegm. Also for some thyroid problems.
MLT: Often used with Kun bu for swollen glands (especially the thyroid) and tumors.
SD: Heavy metal poisoning: has been shown to bind heavy metals.
Hsu: Anticoagulant [when decocted] (this component possesses same action as heparin [about half the strength]), antifungal, hypotensive, lowers serum cholesterol.

Dose: 4.5-15g

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