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Herb Information
Name: Plantain seed
Biological Name: Semen plantaginis

Plantaginaceae

Other Names: Plantain seed, Che qian zi
Parts Used: Seed
Remedies For

Anti-inflammatory, antitussive, antidiarrheal, diuretic, expectorant, lowers blood pressure

Drains dampness, clears heat, brightens the eyes, resolves phlegm. Useful for urinary tract infections; scanty, painful, and/or frequent urination; dysentery; yellow phlegm in the lungs; conjunctivitis; blurred vision; photophobia; and cataracts caused by liver yin deficiency.

Dosage: 3-9 grams

Combinations:
For urinary tract infections:
Combine 9 grams each of plantain seeds, alisma, and gardenia fruit and 30 grams of talcum.

For diarrhea and dysentery caused by damp heat:
Combine 9 grams each of plantain seeds, poria, alisma, and atractylodes.

For eyesight problems, blurred vision, photophobia, and cataracts:
combine 9 grams of plantain seeds, 12 grams of unprepared rehmannia, 9 grams of lycii berries, and 9 grams of chrysanthemum.

For cough with yellow mucus caused by heat in the lungs:
Combine 9 grams each of plantain seeds, trichosanthes, bamboo shavings, scutellaria, and fritillaria.
Safety:

Plantain seed should not be used in pregnancy, constipation, or deficiency of qi or without signs of damp heat.

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