The cuttlebone of Sepiella maindroni de Rochebrune or Sepia esculenta
Hoyle, family Sepiidae.
The sample appearing flat-long elliptical, thicker at the middle, thinner
at the margin, 9-23 cm long, 3-6 cm broad at the middle. Surface whitish,
slightly red at two sides, with numerous small tubercies on the dorsal
side and fme, dense, wavy and transverse lines on the ventral side extending
from the tail to the middle or over; no spicula at the taiL Fracture surface
white, farinaceous and striated.
Loose and soft in texture. Prepared as powder. Salty in taste, slightly
warm in nature, and attributive to liver and stomach channels.
1. Astringe and stop bleeding: For hematemesis, also for hemoptysis, hematuria,
metrorrhagia and menorrhagia. External use for traumatic bleeding.
2. Relieve emission and leucorrhagia: For nocturnal emission and leucorrhagia
attributive to asthenia-syndrome.
3. Antacid and analgesic: For peptic ulcer, stomachache with acid regurgitation.
4. Relieve goiter.
5. Reduce exudation and promote sore healing: For skin pyogenic infection,
unhealed lesion and eczema.
As an antacid, hemostatic and astringent.
Decoction: 6-12g. Powder: 2-3g once or twice daily, as antacid and