|Name: Plantain seed
Name: Semen plantaginis
Names: Plantain seed, Che qian zi
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.
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.
Plantain seed should not be used in pregnancy, constipation, or deficiency of qi or without signs of damp heat.
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