Botanical Name: Armenicae Semen

Xing Ren

Xing Ren

Category: Relieve Coughing and Wheezing

English Name: Apricot seed

Taste: bitter

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.