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Kūn Bù 昆布

Pharmaceutical name Eckloniae Thallus Kelp
Category Transform Phlegm Heat
Key Properties Reduces Phlegm & Softens areas of hardness
Promotes Urination, Eliminates Edema
Properties Salty
Tropism KD, LV, ST
Actions & Indications 1) Reduces Phlegm and Softens Areas of Hardness
2) Promotes Urination and Reduces Swelling
Dosages 6-15g
Contraindications (TCM) Caution with Def and Cold of St and Sp; caution with Phlegm due to Cold
Contraindications (Western)
Chemical Composition Laminine, laminarin, alginic acid, algin, potassium, iodine, iron, calcium
Pharmacological Effects • Cardiovascular: according to in vitro studies, administration of laminine associated with reduction in blood pressure
• Hypoglycemic: laminarin associated with reduction of blood glucose levels in mice with normal or elevated levels
• Metabolic: continuous administration of preparation inhibits elevation of serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Herb-Drug Interactions • Antidiabetics: herbs that lower plasma glucose levels should be used with caution with insulin, sulfonylureas, and other antidiabetic medications, as combination may have synergistic effect, leading to hypoglycemia
Classical Formula(s)

San Zhong Kui Jian Tang (Decoction to Disperse Swelling and Ulcerate What is Hard) 散腫潰堅湯

Hai Zao Yu Hu Tang (Sargassum decoction for the Jade Flask) 海藻玉壺湯

Ju He Wan (Tangerine Seed Pill) 橘核丸


This information is a reference tool for Chinese herbal studies. It is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult a primary health professional if you require health advisory.