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1. Prunus japonica Thunb.; 2. Prunus humilis Bge.; 3. Prunus tomentosa Thunb.
Source of Earliest Record
Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The ripe seeds from the fruit are gathered in autumn and dried in the sun. The seeds are then ground in a mortar and pestle.
Properties & Taste
Pungent, bitter and neutral
Small and large intestines
1. To lubricate intestines and move feces; 2. To promote urination and reduce edema
Indications & Combinations
1. Constipation due to dryness in the intestines. Bush-cherry seed (Yuliren) is used with Apricot seed (Xingren), Peach seed (Taoren) and Arborvitae seed (Baiziren) in the formula Wuren Wan.
2. Edema. Bush-cherry seed (Yuliren) is used with Mulberry bark (Sangbaipi), Phaseolus seed (Chixiaodou) and Imperata rhizome (Baimaogen) in the formula Yuliren Tang.
Cautions & Contraindications
This herb is contraindicated in cases with depletion of body fluids, or during pregnancy.
Herbs that transform water
These herbs purge water. They
cause the discharge of water, together with feces, from the body. Some
of these herbs promote urination and are indicated in cases with edema
in the limbs, ascites, fullness in the chest and asthma due to phlegm-dampness.
These herbs are toxic; overdosing or prolonged administration is very
harmful to the health. When symptoms are relieved, the herbs should be
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