Apricot kernel – Xing Ren (Semen Armeniacae Amarum)

xingrenSource: Xing Ren – the mature seed of Pruns armeniaca L., or P. armeniaca L. var. ansu Maxim, family Rosaceae.

Function: Xing Ren relieves cough and breathing difficulty, moistens the intestines and relaxes the bowels.

Application: Xing Ren is commonly used for cough and breathing difficulty. Combined with other herbs Xing Ren can treat cough due to either heat or cold phlegm. It is also used for constipation due to dryness of intestines.