Vaccaria seed (Wangbuliuxing)-Vaccaria segetalis-Semen Vaccariae-Cow soapwort seed, Cowherb seed

Vaccaria seed (Wangbuliuxing)

Vaccaria segetalis (Neck.) Garcke (Fam. Caryophyllaceae)
Vaccaria segetalis (Neck.) Garcke (Fam. Caryophyllaceae)

Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Vaccariae
Botanical Name: Vaccaria segetalis (Neck.) Garcke (Fam. Caryophyllaceae)
Common Name: Vacarria seed, Cow soapwort seed, Cowherb seed.
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing.
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The whole plant is harvested in June or July. After it has been dried in the sun, the seeds are removed from their shells. They are then dried again.
Properties & Taste: Bitter and neutral.
Meridians: Liver and stomach.
Functions: 1. To invigorate blood and promote menstruation; 2. To promote lactation
Indications & Combinations:
1. Dysmenorrhea by retardation of blood circulation or amenorrhea caused by blood stagnation. Vaccaria seed (Wangbuliuxing) is used with Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Safflower (Honghua), Chuanxiong rhizome (Chuanxiong), and Motherwort (Yimucao).
2. Postpartum insufficient lactation. Vaccaria seed (Wangbuliuxing) is used with Pangolin scales (Chuanshanjia) and Rice paper pith (Tongcao). If there is deficiency of qi and blood, Astragalus root (Huangqi) and Chinese angelica root (Danggui) are added.
3. Mastitis with pain and swollen breasts. Vaccaria seed (Wangbuliuxing) is used with Honeysuckle flower (Jinyinhua), Dandelion herb (Pugongying) and Trichosanthes fruit (Gualou).
4. It is used to treat testitis.
Dosage: 6-10 g, decocted in water for an oral dose.
Cautions & Contraindications: It is contraindicated during pregnancy.

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