Wu Mei


Wu Mei in TCM:

Explore the properties of Wu Mei according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: mume, smoked plum, dark plum
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Mume
Properties: sour, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LU, LI, SP, LV

Flavors: sour

Special Properties:
resolves dryness, clears deficent heat

    Alternate Forms:
  • chao tan- to stop diarrhea or bleeding

Actions / Indications:
  • Inhibits leakage of LU qi; stops cough (chronic cough due to Lung deficiency)
  • Binds Large Intestine; stops diarrhea (rectal prolapse, unremitting chronic diarrhea or dystenteric disorders; blood in stool)
  • Generates fluids; alleviates thirst (thirst due to deficient heat or chronic yin deficiency; xiao ke disorders due to deficient heat)
  • Sedates roundworms; alleviates pain (roundworm induced vomiting and abdominal pain; frigid extremities)
  • Stops bleeding (blood in stools, excessive uterine bleeding and bloody urine)
  • Treats corns and warts (make it into a plaster bind the corns in gauze for 2-3 days)
  • (cc: internal heat excess and stagnation)
  • (cc: unresolved exterior diarrhea)

    Special Notes:
  • Wu Mei is a representative herb for the best flavors to treat parasites: acrid, sour, bitter, and warm. It contains all 4 tastes and properties.
  • For warts and corns: Soak 30g Wu Mei in salt and water for 24 hours, pit the fruit and grind into paste. Apply to affected area and remove in 2-3 days.