Yu Li Ren


Yu Li Ren in TCM:

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


English Name: prunus seed, Chinese dwarf cherry seed
Pharmacuetical Name: Semen Pruni
Properties: acrid, bitter, sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LI, SP, SI

Flavors: sweet, bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates qi, resolves dryness

Actions / Indications:
  • Moistens intestines, Unblocks bowels (constipation due to dryness: moistens and promotes movement of large intestine qi)
  • Promotes urination; Reduces edema (promotes urination, reduces edema)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cooking: CRUSH first!)
  • Note: Yu Li Ren has a stronger laxative effect than huo ma ren

    Special Notes:
  • Yu Li Ren and Bai Zi Ren both treat constipation, but Yu Li Ren is better for overall dryness while Bai Zi Ren is better for dryness caused by blood deficiency.