Hai Gou Shen – Seal Testes and Penis – Testes et Penis Otariae

Hai Gou Shen

English Name: male seal sexual organs (testes and penis of an ursine seal)

Pharmaceutical Name: Testes et Penis Otariae

Medica Category: Yang-Tonifying Herbs

Properties: Hai Gou Shen enters the Kidney and Liver channels; it is salty in nature and hot in temperature.

What is Hai Gou Shen?:

The Chinese Herb Hai Gou Shen is the testes and penis of the Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus L.) or the Harbor seal (Phoca viitulina L.) that have been dried and ground into powder for use as medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Hai Gou Shen:

Hai Gu Shen tonifies Kidney yang and jing (essence) and is most commonly used when these deficiencies manifest in impotence and low sexual drive in men.

–safety/clinical notes:

Contraindicated for use in persons with yin-deficient fire.