Xing Ren


Xing Ren in TCM:

Explore the properties of Xing Ren according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: apricot seed, bitter / sweet apricot seed
Pharmacuetical Name: Semen Armeniacae Amarum
Properties: slightly toxic, bitter, slightly warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, LI

Flavors: toxic, bitter

Special Properties:
disperses cold, clears heat, disperses wind, resolves phlegm, resolves dryness

    Alternate Forms:
  • Tian nan xing- sweet apricot seed. Sweet, neutral, moistens LU, stops cough.
  • Xing Ren Shu Pi - the bark of xing ren. Coincidentally it treats Xing Ren overdose. Cook 60g Xing Ren Shu Pi in 300 mL of water for 20 minutes.

Actions / Indications:
  • Stops cough; Relieves Wheeze (various kinds of cough and wheezing, due to exterior wind-cold or wind-heat, phlegm-heat, dryness)
  • Moistens intestines and unblocks the bowels (constipation due to dryness or deficiency of qi, blood, and body fluid)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: infants)
  • (cc: diarrhea)

    Special Notes:
  • Pharmacologically Xing Ren is an anti-hypertensive, anti-tussive, and anti-asthmatic.