Botanical Name: Arecae Pericarpium
Category: Regulate the Qi
Temperature: Slightly Warm
Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Stomach, Spleen, Small Intestine
Cautions & Contraindications:
- Use with caution during pregnancy.
- Allergic reactions have been reported including urticaria, severe abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
- “Forbidden in those with distention due to xu, because it can drain true qi”.
Actions & Indications:
- Drives qi downward and eases the middle: for patterns of dampness or other processes obstructing themiddle and leading to qi stagnation with such signs as epigastric and abdominal distention, focal distention anda stifling sensation, and belching with acid regurgitation. Especially useful when these disorders areaccompanied by incomplete and irregular bowel movements.
- Promotes urination and reduces edema: for abdominal distention accompanied by edema, especially superficial edema, or the symptoms of food stagnation. Also used for damp leg qi.