Lian (Zi) Xin - Lotus Plumule

TCM Materia Medica

Lian (Zi) Xin TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "lian (zi) xin" which in english is "lotus plumule", is categorized within the "herbs that drain fire" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart and pericardium channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and cold (han) 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: 1.5-6g

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

  • Drains heart fire - for warm-febrile disease where heat collapses into the pericardium channel causing confusion, delirium; insomnia and irritability due to excessive heart fire.
  • Stops bleeding, binds the essence - vomiting blood, spermatorrhea.

Lian (Zi) Xin has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in patients with abdominal masses and/or constipation.

As noted above, lian (zi) xin is within the herbs that drain fire functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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