Semen Pruni


The seed of Prunus humilis Bunge or P japonica Thunb., family Rosaceae.

Seed ovate, 5-7 mm long, about 3-5 mm thick; spermoderm light brown, apex with linear hilum, and with a rounded chalaza on the basal side; vascular bundles in longitudinal arrangement originating upwards from chalaza seen on the spermoderm. Acrid, bitter and sweet in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to large and small intestine channels.

1. Moisturize the intestine and relax the bowels: For constipation due to stagnation of large intestine or dryness of intestine, habitual constipation, etc.
2. Promote diuresis and relieve edema: For edema, dysuria and beriberi.

Pharmacological Action
1. Diuretic and laxative.
2. Hypotensive.

Administration Decoction: 6-12g (crushed before decocting).


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