Plantain Seed (Cheqianzi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Semen Plantaginis|
|Botanical Name:||Plantago asiatice L.
Plantago depressa wild.
|Common Name:||Plantain seed
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The seeds, gathered in the summer or autumn when they are ripe, are dry-fried or fried with salt water.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet and cold|
|Meridian:||Kidney, liver and lung|
|Functions:||To promote water metabolism and relieve abnormal urination
To stop diarrhea; To clear heat in the liver and brighten eyes
To clear the lung and resolve phlegm
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Damp-heat flowing into the urinary bladder manifested as dysuria, painful urination, frequent urination and distending and full sensation in the lower abdominal region.
*Use with Clematis stem (Mutong), Capejasmine (Zhizi) and Talc (Huashi) in the formula Bazheng San.
2. Damp-heat diarrhea.
*Use with Poria (Fuling), White atractylodes (Baizhu) and Alismatis rhizome (Zexie).
3. Heat in the liver manifested as red, painful and swollen eyes.
*Use with Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua), Chinese gentian (Longdancao) and Scutellaria root (Huangqin).
4. Deficiency of yin in the liver and kidney manifested as blurred vision and cataracts.
*Use with Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang), Ophiopogon root (Maidong) and Wolfberry fruit (Gouqizi).
5. Cough with profuse sputum due to heat in the lungs.
*Use with Trichosanthes fruit (Gualou), Scutellaria root (Huangqin) and Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuanbeimu).
|Cautions:||This herb should be wrapped in cloth for decoctions if a strainer is not used.|