Plantain seed

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Biological Name: Semen plantaginisPlantain Seed

Family: Plantaginaceae

Other Names: Che qian zi, Plantain seed

Elements Applied: Seeds are commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Used For: The herb is known to reduce inflammations, decrease arterial tension, induce expectoration, boost urination, treat diarrhea, and relieve coughs.

Plantain seed is applied to relieve fevers, improve vision, and expectorate phlegm. Beneficial for urinary infection, cataracts associated with liver yin deficiency, photophobia, blurred vision, conjunctivitis, yellow phlegm, dysentery, as well as frequent and painful, scanty urination.

Preparation and Intake: The common dose taken is from 3 to 9 grams.

Commonly mixed with:

  • To treat urinary infections plantain seeds (9 g) is combined with gardenia fruit (9 g) and alisma (9 g), and aided with talcum (30 g).
  • To treat dysentery and diarrhea use atractylodes (9 g), alisma (9 g), poria (9 g), and plantain seeds (9 g).
  • To treat eye conditions, cataracts, photophobia, and blurred vision take plantain seeds (9 g), chrysanthemum (9 g), lycii berries (9 g), and uncooked rehmannia (12 g).
  • To treat coughs accompanied by yellow phlegm excretion take fritillaria (9 g), scutellaria (9 g), bamboo shavings (9 g), trichosanthes (9 g), and plantain seeds (9 g).

Safety: The herb should be avoided in case of qi deficiency, constipation, pregnancy, or no damp heat.