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Raphanus sativus L.
Source of Earliest Record
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The ripe seeds are gathered in the beginning of summer and dried in the sun.
Properties & Taste
Pungent, sweet and neutral
Spleen, stomach and lung
1. To eliminate food retention; 2. To descend qi and resolve phlegm
Indications & Combinations
1. Retention of food manifested as epigastric and abdominal distension and fullness, acid regurgitation, abdominal pain, diarrhea and tenesmus. Radish seed (Laifuzi) is used with Hawthorn fruit (Shanzha), Medicated leaven (Shenqu) and Tangerine peel (Chenpi) in the formula Baohe Wan.
2. Excessive phlegm manifested as cough with profuse sputum or asthma. Radish seed (Laifuzi) is used with White mustard seed (Baijiezi) and Perilla seed (Suzi) in the formula Sanzi Yangqing Tang.
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