Actions: Bitter tonic, stimulant, nervine tonic, emmenagogue
TCM: (Yu) - fruit (Yu Li Ren)- Seed
Meridians: Lung, Large Intestine, Small Intestine
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses:
Yu Li Ren – Moist Laxative, Promotes Urination. Moistens the intestines and unblocks bowels, reduces edema.
Yu – Circulates Qi, Calms Nerves, Calms Shen, Restores the Heart, Lungs, and Intestines, Dries Phelgm, Reduces Inflammation, Tonifies Upper Warmer. Asthma, palps, chest oppression, exhaustion, loss of appetite, night sweats (Lung Yin Xu type), nasal discharge (especially Damp Cold).
Whenever digestive issues are indicated. Supports digestion not only through bitter stimulation but also through carminative actions due to its volatile oils. It also has a mild nervine action - related to volatile oils - that may ease depression and tension. It is essential that volatile oils are not lost during preparation.
May also be used as an emmenagogue to promote normal menstrual flow.
Nutrients/Constituents: Volatile oils, sesquiterpene lactones (vulgarin); flavonoids; coumarin derivatives; triterpenes
Energetics: Bitter, acrid, warm
Safety/Contraindications: Potentially allergenic to people allergic to the asteraceae family
Ayurveda: Elvalukam, AileyahDosha: Balances kapha and pitta, aggravates vata