Botanical Name: Armenicae Semen
Category: Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
English Name: Apricot seed
Temperature: slightly warm
Channels Entered: Lung, Large Intestine
Cautions and Contraindications:
- Slightly toxic.
- Should not be used for coughs due to yin deficiency or general debility.
- Should be cautiously in infants and those with diarrhea.
Actions and Indications:
- Stops cough and calms wheezing: used quite broadly for many kinds of cough disorders caused by either heat or cold, depending on the combination. Because the herb is moist in nature, it is especially useful for externally-contracted dry cough.
- Moistens the intestines and unblocks the bowels: this secondary use of the herb derives from its high oil content.