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Wu Mei

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Name: Black Plum (烏梅)

Pinyin: Wu Mei

Pharm. Name: Fructus Mume

Properties:

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Dosage

Sour, Astringent

Astringe intestines to check diarrhea, astringe lung to check cough, quiet Ascaris, promote the generation of fluid.

Liver, Large Intestine, Lung, Spleen

3-30g

 

Description:

It is a commonly used herb for chronic diarrhea and dysentery because it enters the large intestine meridian and astringes intestines to check diarrhea and dysentery. It could be decocted singly or combined with other intestines-astringing herbs to enhance the action of checking diarrhea or dysentery. For chronic cough, it could be decocted into plaster singly or combined with other lung astringents to enhance the action of checking cough. For diabetes due to deficiency heat, it is combined with yin and qi tonics. For instance, it is used with Tian Hua Fen, Mai Dong, and Ren Shen in the formula Yu Quan Wan from Shen Shi Zun Sheng Shu (Shen's Treatment Book).

 

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