The seed of Prunus humilis Bunge or P japonica Thunb., family Rosaceae.
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
of large intestine or dryness of intestine, habitual constipation, etc.
2. Promote diuresis and relieve edema: For edema, dysuria and beriberi.
1. Diuretic and laxative.
Decoction: 6-12g (crushed before decocting).