Ma Qian Zi - Nux-Vomica Seeds

TCM Materia Medica

Ma Qian Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ma qian zi" which in english is "nux-vomica seeds", is categorized within the "herbs for external applications" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and spleen 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: 0.3-0.9g

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

  • Unblock the channels, disperse clumps - reduces swelling and alleviates pain.
  • Abscess, yin-type ulcers, pain due to trauma, wind-damp obstruction.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding ma qian zi:

Also Used For:

Orally, nux vomica is used for impotence and for lycine encephalopathy.  It is also used in combination for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, organic and functional disorders of the heart and circulatory system, diseases of the eye, nervous conditions, depression, migraines, climacteric complaints, facial neuralgias (Sympatalgien), and Raynaud's disease.

Historically, nux vomica has been thought of as an oral tonic, and used as an appetite-stimulant.  It has also been used for diseases of the respiratory tract, anemia, and geriatric complaints.  Nux vomica contains strychnine and brucine and has, therefore, been used in manufacturing.  It is used as a rodenticide.

As noted above, ma qian zi is within the herbs for external applications functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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