Zhen Zhu Ru:
English Name: Mother of Pearl
Pharmaceutical Name: Concha Margaritaferae
Properties: Zhen Zhu Ru enters the Liver and Heart channels and is salty in flavor; it is cold in temperature
What is Zhen Zhu Ru?: Zhen Zhu Ru is another mineral substance (mother of pearl) which appears in the context of the treating disturbed Shen because it is the primary herb in the formula An Shen Bu Xin Wan, discussed below. It is, much like the herb Mu LI (discussed above), used to address dizziness, vertigo, headaches, tinnitus, insomnia, palpitations and mania.
TCM actions of Zhen Zhu Ru: Germane to its use in calming the Shen, Zhen Zhu Ru anchors Liver Yang rising that is rooted in Liver Yin deficiency. It also pacifies Heart Fire arising in conjunction with Liver Yang rising.
Zhen Zhu Ru also goes to the eyes and is useful in addressing symptoms such as blurred vision and night blindness, photophobia, redness, swelling and burning (in formula with other herbs).