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Dong Kui Zi (Musk Mallow Seeds, Abutilon Seeds)

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Cold Dong Kui Zi (Semen Malvae)
Sweet, Cold
Semen Malvae
Tone Marks:
dōng kuí zĭ
Alt Names:
Dong Kui Guo, Kui Zi


  • Promotes Urination
    For painful urinary dribbling with heat, blood, or stones. Also for edema with constipation.
  • Promotes Lactation, Benefits the Breasts
    For insufficient lactation, swollen breasts, and pain in the breasts.
  • Moistens the Intestines
    For constipation due to lack of yin

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Use with caution in cases with loose stools due to Cold or Spleen Deficiency.
  • Use with caution in pregnant mothers

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Care should be used in patients taking diuretics like Lasix.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None noted at normal dosage.
  • Overdose can lead to hallucinations, delirious speech, double vision, and mild excitation


  • 10-15 grams in decoction for Dong Kui Zi 12
  • 3-9 grams in decoction for Dong Kui Guo 13


  • The fruit is a papery covering over the seeds.
  • This herb promotes both urination, bowel movement, and lactation due to its sweet, bland, cold and slippery nature.