Huo Ma Ren


Huo Ma Ren in TCM:

Explore the properties of Huo Ma Ren according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: linum, hemp seed, cannabis seed, marijuana seed
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Cannabis
Properties: sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LI, ST, SP

Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: blood, yin

Special Properties:
resolves dryness

Actions / Indications:
  • Moistens intestines, nourishes yin (constipation in elderly; in aftermath of febrile disease, post partum, and due to blood deficiency; mildly tonifies yin and blood; primarily used when yin deficiency is concurrent with constipation)
  • Treats hair loss (topical use for hair loss d/t blood deficiency, scalp lesions)

    Special Notes:
  • Huo Ma Ren has been shown to have a synergistic effect with antibiotics. In one study it helped restore the effectiveness of antibiotics towards resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA.

  • (cc: according to some sources, overdose or long-term use may cause vaginal discharge or spermatorrhea)
  • (cc: urine test can be positive for cannabis)
  • (cc: use Jin Yin Hua and Lu Duo for antidote)