Chuan Lian Zi - Invigorate QI
LV, UB, SI, ST (3-9g)


Chuan Lian Zi - John the sleeping lion
After they conquered Jeruslam the king's men got SO energetic that they slaughtered the residents like painful parasites.

After their sickly victory the men were (slightly toxic) and spent too much time drinking alcohol (cc: cold from SP and ST qi deficiency)

English Name: melia, Sichuan chinaberry fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Toosendan
Properties: slightly toxic, bitter, cold

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
SO energetic promotes Qi movement (LV channel stagnation); alleviates pain
painful parasites expels roundworms and tapeworms; relieves pain; topical for tinea


      Chuan Lian Zi Actions and Indications
  • Promotes Qi movement; alleviates pain (flank, rib or abdominal pain due to LV qi stagnation or LV and ST disharmony; breast distension especially PMS; hernial disorders; epigastric, abdominal, flank or hernial pain with damp-heat stagnant qi; burning sensation in epigastrium or ST; testicular pain - especially useful with heat signs)
  • Kills parasites; stops pain (expels roundworms and tapeworms; topical for tinea; relieves pain;)
  • (cc: caution in cases of cold from SP and ST deficiency)
    Special Notes:
  • The entire plant is toxic, with the fruit being the most toxic and the leaves being the least toxic. Consuming 6 to 8 fruits can cause dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory difficulty, palpitations, tremors, spasms, and even numbness and unconsciousness.
  • Chuan Lian Zi caused dyspnea in rats, which was reversible with nicotine administration.
  • Antitoxin vs. Botulism: possible benefits in a study on rats
  • Acute Mastitis: Success reported with a formula consisting of 9g chuan lian zi, 30g brown sugar, and 100 to 200 mL of brain based liquor or boiling water.

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