Sea horses have sweet and warm properties, and are associated with the Liver and Kidney meridians, according to the precepts of traditional Chinese medicine. Among the conditions sea horse is used to treat are asthma, infections of the throat, insomnia, and abdominal pain. Sea horse is also believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac, and is often taken to increase sexual potency. Sea horse can also be applied to the skin to treat skin infections and sores.
How much sea horse should I take?
The amount of sea horse to be consumed depends on the condition being treated. The typical dose is between 3 and 9 grams, mixed with boiling water and drunk as a decoction. If powdered sea horse is being used, smaller doses (1-3 grams) are recommended. For impotence, some practitioners recommend a mixture of 3 grams of powdered sea horse, taken three times per day with rice wine. Powdered sea horse can also be applied externally.