Tao Ren (Peach Kernel)

Tao Ren (Peach Kernel)

Herb 23 of 34 in Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Remove Stagnation

Neutral Tao Ren (Semen Pruni Persicae)
Channels:
HT, LI, LIV, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Sweet, Neutral
Latin:
Semen Pruni Persicae
Chinese:
桃仁
Tone Marks:
táo rén
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & 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.

Chinese Herb Toxicity & 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
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Chinese Herb Dosage

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

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

The TCM information presented here has been referenced from numerous sources; including teachers, practitioners, class notes from Five Branches University, the following books, as well as other sources. If you have benefited from this information, please consider supporting the authors and their works by purchasing the books below.

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