What Is Seahorse Powder?

According to Acupuncture Today, powdered seahorse is a therapeutic component used in traditional Chinese medicine. It’s produced from dried seahorses, which have a horse-like head and curved tail. Seahorse powder is also available as a tablet or capsule. Whole seahorses are also available at some markets.

Seahorses are used to cure diseases like wheezing, stomach pain, incontinence, and toxic edoema, according to Breakthroughs Magazine. They are also used to cure impotence and are used as an aphrodisiac. Powdered seahorse should be given in tiny amounts of 1 to 3 grammes, according to Acupuncture Today. It can also be used topically to treat skin infections and wounds. Because high dosages of powdered seahorse might cause kidney failure, people should seek medical advice before using this supplement.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species lists seahorses as an endangered species.

Breakthroughs Magazine declares Endangered Species. This is owing in part to habitat damage near shorelines, as well as their use in Chinese medicine. Seahorse fishing and export are regulated or prohibited in several nations.

Stopping illegal seahorse trafficking is challenging for several countries. Peru, for example, prohibited seahorse fishing in 2004, but traffickers continue to harvest and export seahorses to Asia, according to the BBC. Authorities believe that 16,000 dried seahorses worth up to $250,000. were confiscated in a bust in 2012.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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