Chuan Lian Zi (Fructus Meliae Toosendan) is the mature fruit of Melia toosendan Sieb. et Zucc. , family Meliaceae. The higest quality fruit is regarded as coming from Sichuan province, hence the name. It is harvested in the winter and dried in the sun. It is usually broken before use and used in crude form or after being stir-baked with bran.
Category: Qi Regulating.
Common Name: Toosendan Fruit; Chinaberry; Sichuan Chinaberry.
Channels Entered: Liver, Stomach, Small Intestine, Bladder.
Properties and Functions: It is bitter in flavour and cold in nature, whilst also being mildly toxic. Its main funtion is to promote circulation of Qi. Additionally, it can help to kill parasites and treat tinea.
Indications: Clinically, Chuan Lian Zi is used for the following:
- Liver Qi stagnation or Liver Qi attacking the stomach causing chest/rib pain, stomach pain, abdominal pain and distension.
- Cold-type hernia, with lower abdominal pain.
- Roundworms and tapeworms presenting with abdominal pain.
Dosage: 3 – 10g
Cautions and Contra-Indications: As this herb is slightly toxic, care must be taken to avoid overdosage and prolonged use is not advised. It is contra-indicated in cases of Cold due to deficiency of the Spleen and Stomach.