Bai Zi Ren

Bai Zi Ren written in Chinese

Pinyin Name: Bai Zi Ren

English Name: Platycladi Semen

Other Names: Biota Seed, Bai Ren

Tastes: Sweet, Acrid, Neutral

Origin: Shandong, Henan and Hebei provinces in China

Benefits of Bai Zi Ren:

Bai Zi Ren is the seed of Oriental arborvitae. The seeds are long ovate or oblong in shape. The newly harvested herb is yellowish white or light yellow while the old stocks, exudating oil spots, yellowish brown. Bai Zi Ren covers meridians of heart, kidney and large Intestine. Main functions are nourishing heart blood for tranquillization and moistening dryness in intestine for relaxing bowels. Common uses and indications are insomnia due to deficient dysphoria, severe palpitation, and constipation causing by intestine dryness. Recommended dosage is from 6 to 15 grams.

Bai Zi Ren is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Bai Zi Ren Wan is formulated for physical strain in post-partum women, weak limbs, deficient dysphoria and fidgets, no appetite, insomnia. Its ingredient herbs include Bai Zi Ren, Shu Di Huang, Fang Feng, Huang Qi, Ren Shen, Mai Men Dong, Dang Gui, Xu Duan, Ling Yang Jiao, Fu Ling, Ze Lan, Gui Xin, Chuan Xiong, Bai Zhu, Suan Zao Ren, Zi Shi Ying, Fu Zi and Gan Cao. 2) Bai Zi Ren Tang is used for liver Qi of deficient cold, fullness in upper flanks, spasm of tendons and veins, pains in lower waist and knee, trismus with cyanotic lips and face. Its ingredient herbs include Bai Zi Ren, Bai Shao, Fang Feng, Fu Shen, Dang Gui, Chuan Xiong, Fu Zi, Xi Xin, Gui Xin and Gan Cao.

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