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Tao Ren (Peach Kernel)

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Neutral Tao Ren (Semen Pruni Persicae)
Bitter, Sweet, Neutral
Semen Pruni Persicae
Tone Marks:
táo rén


  • Activates Blood Circulation, Breaks Blood Stasis
    Treats many blood stasis conditions including menstrual disorders, abdominal pain, trauma, flank pain, lung abscesses, intestinal abscesses with fixed abdominal mass, postpartum abdominal pain, and general sores and abscesses.
  • Moistens Intestines, Unblocks the Bowels
    For Constipation due to dry intestines, chronic constipation with yin or blood deficiency.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use during pregnancy
  • Do not use in cases with Blood Deficiency

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • Tao Ren may interfere with Anti-Coagulating drugs.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This herb is toxic due to amygdalin content.
  • Decoctions are less toxic than unprepared kernels.
  • Peeled kernels are less toxic than unpeeled.
  • For children 5 years old or younger, 5-10 kernels cause side effects and 20 kernels can be lethal.
  • Symptoms resemble cyanide overdose: nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, general weakness, blurred vision, tachycardia, tachypnea, slow or irregular respiration, terror, oppressive feeling in the chest, loss of consciousness, incontinence, dilated pupils, absence of pupiliary reflexes, severe spasms or cyanosis, coma, and shock


  • 4.5–9 grams in decoction (Bensky)
  • 6-10 grams in decoction (Chen)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: