Ying Su Ke – Opium poppy seed capsule – Papaver somniferum

Nature: sour, astringent, slightly toxic, neutral

Enters: Lung, Large Intestine, Kidney

Actions: Astringes Lung Qi; astringes the large intestine; relieves pain; stabilizes the lower Jiao.

• Lung Qi or Yin deficiency: chronic cough.
• Spleen Yin, Qi, or Yang deficiency: chronic diarrhea or dysentery.
• Pain: chest, abdomen, tendons, bones, epigastrium (temporary use).
• Instability of the lower Jiao: polyuria, spermatorrhea, vaginal discharge.
• Use raw or vinegar-fried to stop diarrhea and pain.
• Use honey-fried to benefit the Lungs and stop coughing.
• This herb cannot be legally prescribed in the United States.

Dose: 1.5-6g

Of the many narcotic constituents of the opium poppy, perhaps the best known are morphine and codeine. Morphine is a strong analgesic, hypnotic, strong and selective respiratory depressant (may cause respiratory arrest), antitussive, causes peripheral vasodilation and histamine release, very low doses cause constipation by various means. Morphine is the analgesic standard against which all other analgesics are judged. In all respects, codeine is much weaker. It has about one-fourth the analgesic strength of morphine and is a weaker anti-tussive, but it is more commonly used because it has fewer side effects. All narcotic poppy derivatives have significant abuse potential.

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