Arborvitae Seed (Bai Zi Ren)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Semen Biotae|
|Botanical Name:||Biota orientalis (L.) Endl.|
|Common Name:||Biota seed
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The fruit is gathered in autumn. After being shelled and dried in the shade, the seeds are broken into pieces.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet and neutral|
|Meridian:||Heart, liver, spleen, kidney and large intestine|
|Functions:||To nourish the blood and tranquilize the mind
To moisten the intestine and move feces
Nourish the heart, calms the spirit
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Deficient blood of the heart manifested as irritability, insomnia, nervousness, palpitations and anxiety.
*Use with Wild jujube seed (Suan zao ren) and Schisandra fruit (Wu wei zi).
2. Night sweating due to yin deficiency.
*Use with Ginseng (Ren shen), Oyster shell (Mu li) and Schisandra fruit (Wu wei zi).
3. Constipation due to excess dryness in the intestines.
*Use with Apricot seed (Xing ren), Bush-cherry seed (Yu li ren) and Peach seed (Tao ren) in the formula Wuren Wan.
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with loose stool, dampness or excessive phlegm.|