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Gui Ban

Tortoise Shell | 龜板
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SKU T5290

Ingredient: Tortoise shell (gui ban) (Chinemys reevesii).

Mandarin: 龜板
Pin-Yin: Gui Ban
English: Tortoise Shell
Korean: 구판
Romaji: kiban
Kanji: 龜板
Kampo: No


Pharmaceutical Name:

  • Testudinis Plastrum


  • Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica (Bensky et al.)


  • Salty, sweet, cold

Channels Entered:

  • Heart, kidney, liver

Herb Actions:

  • Nourishes the yin and anchors the yang
  • Benefits the kidneys
  • Promotes bone health
  • Nourishes the blood
  • Stabilizes the penetrating and conception vessels
  • Cools the blood and aids in stopping excessive bleeding
  • Tonifies the heart


  • Not recommended to for those with cold-dampness of the stomach
  • Not recommended for those with cold from deficiency of the spleen
  • Not recommended for those during pregnancy

Commonly Found In:

  • Mantis Formula, Tortoise Shell & Deer Horn Formula

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