Yu Li Ren - Bush Cherry Pit

TCM Materia Medica

Yu Li Ren TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "yu li ren" which in english is "bush cherry pit", is categorized within the "herbs that drain downward" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, small intestine and spleen channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku), neutral (ping) 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: 3-9g

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

  • Moistens intestines, unblocks the bowel - constipation due to qi stagnation in intestines.
  • Promotes urination and reduces edema in the legs.

As noted above, yu li ren is within the herbs that drain downward functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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