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