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Ge Qiao (Clam Shell)

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Neutral Ge Qiao (Concha Cyclinae Sinensis)
Bitter, Salty, Neutral
Concha Cyclinae Sinensis
Tone Marks:
gé qiào
Alt Names:
Ge Ke, Hai Ge Ke


  • Clears Heat, Transforms Phlegm
    For cough and wheeze with viscous yellow sputum that is difficult to expectorate along with chest and rib pain caused by Phlegm Heat or Phlegm Fire
  • Softens Hardness and Dissipates Nodules
    For scrofula and thyroid nodules (goiter)
  • Promotes Urination
    Mildly promotes urination for painful urinary dribbling, vaginal discharge, and edema
  • Neutralizes Gastric Acid, Relieves Pain
    Chemically neutralizes gastric acid and relieves pain in cases with acid regurgitation, gastric ulcers, and duodenal ulcers

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases with Yang Deficiency or Lung Deficiency with Cold

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None Noted


  • 10-15 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 6-15 grams in decoction (Bensky)