Wu Mei - Mume Fruit

TCM Materia Medica

Wu Mei TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "wu mei" which in english is "mume fruit", is categorized within the "herbs that stabilize and bind" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, liver, lung and spleen channels and exhibits sour (suan) and warm (wen) 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: 3-9g

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

  • Inhibit leakage of lung qi - lung deficiency cough.
  • Binds intestines - chronic diarrhea or dysentery.
  • Generates fluids - alleviates thirst due to heat from deficiency or qi and yin deficiency, xiao ke.
  • Expels roundworm - alleviates abdominal pain.
  • Stops bleeding - blood in the stool, uterine bleeding with blood deficiency signs (dryness, thirst, parched mouth).

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

  • Wu Mei Wan (Mume Fruit Pill) - Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritabili…
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  • Yu Quan Wan (Jade Spring Pills) - Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), qi and yin defici…
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    As noted above, wu mei is within the herbs that stabilize and bind functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... stabilizing and binding herbs most often have sour and astringent properties. they are useful for conditions involving excess discharges …)".

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