Semen Biotae


Seed (without spermoderm) of Biota onentalis (L) Endi. family Cupressaceae.

Seed long-ovate, or elliptical, 4-7 mm long, 1-3 mm broad. Surface yellow-white, with membranous endotesta; tip acutate, base obtuse-rounded. Soft and oleaginous. Sweet in taste, mild in nature, and attributive to heart, kidney and large intestine channels.

1. Nourish the heart and tranquilize the mind: For insufficiency of heart-blood manifested as frightening, severe palpitation, dreaminess, amnesia and night sweating.
2. Moisturize the intestine and relax the bowels: For dryness of intestine and constipation due to yin-deficiency and insufficiency of blood.

Pharmacological Action
1. Tranquilizing.
2. Relaxing the bowel movement.

Administration Decoction:
9-18g; (crushed or prepared as powder for constipation).


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