Poppy Capsule (Yingsuqiao)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Pericarpium Papaveris|
|Botanical Name:||Papaver somniferum L.|
|Common Name:||Opium poppy capsule
|Source of Earliest Record:||Kaibao Bencao|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The capsules are gathered in summer. After the seeds are removed, the capsules are dried in the sun, and then they are fried with honey.|
|Properties and Taste:||Sour, astringent, neutral and toxic|
|Meridian:||Lung, large intestine and kidney|
|Functions:||To astringe the lungs
To astringe the intestines
To stop pain
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Chronic cough due to deficiency of the lungs.
*Use with with Black plum (Wumei).
2. Chronic diarrhea or chronic dysentery.
*Use with Coptis root (Huanglian), Costus root (Muxiang) and Dried ginger (Ganjiang).
*Use alone for the treatment of pain.
|Dosage:||3-10 g (Fried with honey, the herb is used for cough; prepared with vinegar, for diarrhea with pain.)|
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in the early stage of cough and dysentery. Care should be taken to avoid overdosing.|