Hai Ma – Sea Horse – Hippocampus

Hai Ma

English Name: sea horse

Pharmaceutical Name: Hippocampus

Medica Category: Yang-Tonifying Herbs

Properties: Hai Ma enters the Kidney and Liver channels; it is sweet and salty in nature and warm in temperature.

What is Hai Ma?:

The Chinese Herb Hai Ma is the dried body of the Great seahorse (Hippocampus kellogii) which is either decocted or ground into powder for use as medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Hai Ma:

Hai Ma tonifies the Kidney and fortifies yang and is used to address impotence, urinary incontinence, chronic wheezing, and debility in the elderly.

Hai Ma invigorates blood and is used in this regard to reduce/disperse abdominal masses.

–safety/clinical notes:

Contraindicated during pregnancy.

Contraindicated for use on persons with yin-deficient fire.