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Bǎi Zǐ Rén 柏子仁

Pharmaceutical name Platycladi Semen arborvitae seed, Oriental/Chinese arborvitae, biota, cedar “nut”
Category Calm the Spirit
Key Properties Nourish HT Blood & Yin to Calm the Spirit
Moistens the Kidneys & Large Intestine
Properties Sweet
Tropism HT, KD, LI
Actions & Indications 1) Nourishes HT & Calms the Spirit
2) Moistens Intestines & Unblocks Bowels
3) Used for Nightsweats due to Yin Deficiency
Dosages 3-9g
Contraindications (TCM) Loose stools or phlegm disorders.
Contraindications (Western)
Chemical Composition Saponins, lipids, essential oils
Pharmacological Effects • Gastrointestinal: mild effect to lubricate bowel and relieve constipation
Herb-Drug Interactions
Classical Formula(s)

Bai Zi Ren Wan (Arborvitae Seed Pill) 柏子仁丸

Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang (Arborvitae See Pill to Nourish the HT) 柏子養心湯

Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan (Emperor of Heavens Special Pill to Tonify the HT) 天王補心丹 (天王补心丹)

Wu Ren Wan (Five-Seed Wan) 五仁丸

Zhen Zhu Mu Wan (Mother-of-Pearl Pill) (deleted chen xiang) 珍珠母丸 (減沉香)


This information is a reference tool for Chinese herbal studies. It is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult a primary health professional if you require health advisory.