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Bitter Apricot Seed


Chinese Name Kuxingren
Latin Semen Armeniacae Amarum
English Name Bitter Apricot Seed
Key Characteristics Herb that stops cough and relieves asthma

Dried ripe seed of Prunus armeniaca L. var. ansu Maxim., Prunus sibirica L. , Prunus mandshurica (Maxin.) Koehne or Prunus armeniaca L. (Fam. Rosaceae)

Property, Flavor and Meridians Entered Bitter, slightly warm. Slightly poisoning; Lung, Large Intestine
Actions To relieve coughing and asthma, and induce bowels movement

Cough with dypnea and stuffiness in the chest, profuse phlegm, constipation due to deficiency of blood and fluids, in addition, used for chronic pharyngitis and ringworm of feet.


It is forbidden to prescribe to those with cough and dyspnea due to yin deficiency or loose stools or general debility or infants. Small dosage is given as it is poisoning.

Chemical Composition

It contains amygdalase,volatile oil, free aminoacid, etc.


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