Dong Kui Zi - Musk Mallow Seeds

TCM Materia Medica

Dong Kui Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "dong kui zi" which in english is "musk mallow seeds", is categorized within the "herbs that drain dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, small intestine and urinary bladder channels and exhibits cold (han) and sweet (gan) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 6-12g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Promotes urination - lin syndromes (hot, xue, stone), edema without lin issues, constipation.
  • Benefits the breasts - insufficient lactation, painful swollen breasts, breast abscess.
  • Moisten and unblocks the bowels.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, dong kui zi is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

ViewDa Huang Mu Dan Pi Wan (Rhubarb and Moutan Combination)

Breaks up heat, moves blood stagnation and reduces swelling, release through the bowels - appendicitis, lower abdominal distension with pain, intestinal abscesses, hemorrhoids. Post surgical infecti…

ViewSan Jin Wan (Triple Gold Pills)

Painful/burning or diffulty urination possibly with increased urgency due to damp heat accumulation. Dark or scanty urine. Urinary stones. Urinary tract infection.

As noted above, dong kui zi is within the herbs that drain dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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