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Chuan Lian Zi (Sichuan Pagoda Tree Fruit)

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Cold Chuan Lian Zi (Fructus Meliae Toosendan)
Bitter, Cold, Slightly Toxic
Fructus Meliae Toosendan
Tone Marks:
chuān liàn zĭ
Alt Names:
Jin Ling Zi, Lian Shi


  • Moves and regulates Qi, Stops Pain For Liver Qi Stagnation with symptoms such as abdominal pain, pain and distention in the lower ribs and upper abdomen. As Chuan Lian Zi is Cold, it is useful when there are also heat signs such as red eyes and face, irritability, temper, insomnia. Also used for hernial pain (see notes).
  • Kills Parasites and Fungus, and Stops Pain
    For intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms accompanied by pain.

    This herb can also be used topically for scalp fungus.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Use cautiously in patients with cold deficiency of the Middle Jiao.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This herb is considered toxic (while some Chinese herbs are toxic, it must be noted that many come prepared, or are combined, to mitigate their toxicity).


  • 3-10 grams


  • Dry frying Chuan Lian Zi decreases it's toxicity, makes it easier to digest, and warms it's cold nature.
  • Dry frying with salt increases this herb's affinity for the Kidneys, and is often used for disorders such as hernial pain.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

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