Qian Shi – Euryale seed – Foxnut

Nature: sweet, astringent, neutral

Enters: Spleen, Kidney

Actions: Tonifies spleen Qi, eliminates dampness; tonifies kidney Qi, controls Jing.

• Spleen Qi deficiency (and dampness): chronic diarrhea (especially good for children and often cooked in soup).
• Kidney deficiency: nocturnal emission, premature ejaculation, leukorrhea, spermatorrhea, urinary frequency or incontinence.
• Deficiency or damp-heat: vaginal discharge.
• Stronger than Lian zi to tonify kidney Qi and control Jing.
• One of the strengths of this herb is that it has almost no taste.
DY: Stops diarrhea and abnormal vaginal discharge, reduces urination.
• With Jin ying zi to effectively supplement the kidneys, secure the essence, reduce urination, fortify the spleen, and stop diarrhea and abnormal vaginal discharge. For specific indications of this combination, see Jin ying zi in this category.
Weng Weiliang et. al.:
• Prolonged diarrhea due to Spleen deficiency: Qian shi was often used in compound formula in combination with dang shen, bai zhu and shan yao, etc. to treat syndromes due to Spleen deficiency. The following formula was effective on syndromes differentiated as Spleen deficiency, especially those senile patients: dang shen, 15g; fu ling, bai zhu, lian rou, qian shi, chao bian dou, yi yi ren, 12g each; shan yao 15g; sha ren, 6g; chi shao 10g; zhi gan cao 6g, three doses every week.
• Spermatorrhea, premature ejaculation, incontinence of urine or frequent urination due to Kidney deficiency: Jin Suo Gu Jin Wan which containing Qian Shi had good therapeutic effect on spermatorrhea and frequent urination. Supplemented Shui Lu Er Xian Dan (qian shi, jin ying zi, nu zhen zi, 15g each; wu wei zi, shan yu rou, 10g each; tu si zi 12g; lian xu 10g; dang gui 10g; bai shao 10g; zhi gan cao 6g) was effective in treating spermatorrhea, impotence, premature ejaculation, irregular menstruation and leukerrhea, etc..
• Proteinuria due to chronic nephritis: Qian shi, shan yao, 30g each; jin ying zi, huang qi, bai he, huang jing, wu mei tan, 15g; bai zhu, fu ling, 12g; shan zha rou, pi pa rou, 10g each; shui zhi powder 3g (taken with water), tu si zi 20g. The formula was modified according to accompanied symptoms to treat 37 cases of proteinuria due to chronic nephritis, and 31 cases were completely relieved, 1 basically relieved and 5 ineffective.

Dose: 9-15g (to 30g in severe cases)

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