Pinyin: tao ren (chan)
ENGLISH NAME: Peach Seed
LATIN NAME: Scald Persicae Semen
Properties: bitter, neutral
Channels Entered: Heart, Large Intestine, Liver, Lung
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Activates Blood Circulation, Removes Blood Stasis
2. Drains Abscesses
3. Moistens the Intestines, Relieves Constipation
6 to 10 grams in decoction. Tao Ren seeds should be crushed prior to decoction. The unprocessed herb has a strong effect to move the blood and eliminate blood stasis. The dry-fried herb has a strong effect to moisten dryness and treat constipation.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICATIONS
• Tao Ren is contraindicated in cases of blood deficiency.
• Tao Ren is contraindicated during pregnancy, due to its emmevnagogic and abortifacient effects.1