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Che Qian Zi (Plantago Seed, Plantain Seed)

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Cold Che Qian Zi (Semen Plantaginis)
Sweet, Cold
Semen Plantaginis
Tone Marks:
chē qián zĭ
Alt Names:
Che Qian Ren
Before the Cart Seeds, Seed in Front of the Cart


  • Resolves Dampness, Clears Heat, and Promotes Urination
    For painful, difficult, or hot urinary dysfunction (Re Ling) and edema caused by Damp-Heat with symptoms such as burning, pain, urgency on urination, dribbling, or a lack of ability to urinate.
  • Promotes Urination and Stops Diarrhea
    For diarrhea caused by Dampness in the intestines. Che Qian Zi moves water to the Bladder and promotes urination to solidify the stool.
  • Brightens the Eyes
    For eye problems due to heat in the Liver channel or headaches associated with ascending Liver Yang. Symptoms include redness, pain, or swelling of the eyes.
  • Dissolves Phlegm, Clears the Lungs, and Stops Cough
    For cough due to heat in the Lungs with symptoms such as thick, copious, and yellow sputum.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy.
  • Use caution in cases deficient Yang Qi or exhaustion.

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Che Qian Zi promotes urination and may interfere with Diuretic drugs.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.


  • 5-10 grams


  • Frying this herb with salt increases it's tonifying effects on the Liver an Kidneys.
  • Che Qian Zi may float, stick to the sides of the cooking pot, or be difficult to strain. It is therefore usually decocted in a small bag or cheesecloth.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: