Chinese Herb: Dong Kui Zi (Musk Mallow Seeds, Abutilon Seeds), Semen Malvae

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Chinese Herb: Dong Kui Zi (Musk Mallow Seeds, Abutilon Seeds), Semen Malvae

Herb 12 of 28 in Herbs that Regulate Water and Drain Dampness

Cold Dong Kui Zi (Semen Malvae)
Channels:
BL, LI, SI
Properties:
Sweet, Cold
Latin:
Semen Malvae
Chinese:
冬葵子
Tone Marks:
dōng kuí zĭ
Alt Names:
Dong Kui Guo, Kui Zi

Chinese Herb Actions

  • 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

Chinese Herb Contraindications & 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.

Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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

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

Chinese Herb Notes

  • 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.

References Used

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