The turtle exemplifies the quality of Yin in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gui Ban, or turtle shell is used in Chinese herbal medicine to replenish deficient yin. Disorders that are either partly or entiredly a result of “yin deficiency” according to Traditional Chinese Medicine include:
Restless Leg Syndrome
Dry, non-productive cough
Dry & Bloodshot eyes
All of these conditions can be successfully treated with a combination of acupuncture treatments, dietary modifications and an herbal prescription which replenishes the patient’s yin and includes Gui Ban, or turtle shell.
The turtle shells used in Chinese herbal medicine come from farm raised turtles so the wild populations of turtles are not compromised or damaged by consuming an herbal prescription with Gui Ban in it.
For patients who are vegetarian, there are many herbal prescriptions for yin deficiency that are 100% plants and do not contain any animal products or turlte shell.
If you have questions about acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, yin deficiency, or the treatment of yin-deficient conditions please do not hesitate to contact me! Monica Legatt