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Introduction To Plantago Seed (che qian zi) 









Plantago Seed (che qian zi)

Semen Plantaginis

Properties: The herb is sweet in flavour, and cold in nature. It acts on the liver, kidney and lung channels. Being sweet and cold for lubricating, clearing, lowering and descending, the herb can clear away damp-heat from the lower-jiao to induce diuresis and treat stranguria, and it is indicated for edema, stranguria, diarrhea and other syndromes due to damp-heat. The herb can also clear away heat from the lung and liver, relieve cough, improve vision and treat cough due to lung-heat and conjunctival congestion due to liver-heat and other syndromes.

Effects: Inducing diuresis, treating stranguria, clearing heat from the liver for improving vision, removing heat from the lung to clear phlegm.


1.  The herb is often used in combination with umbellate pore-fungus, poria, oriental water plantain rhizome and other herbs for inducing diuresis and alleviating edema, to treat edema, abdominal distention and dysuria; with capejasmine fruit, manshurian aristolochia stem, armstrong and other herbs for inducing diuresis and treating stranguria, such as Bazheng Powder, to treat damp-heat in the urinary bladder and dysuria; and with white atractylodes rhizome, poria, oriental water plantain rhizome and other herbs to treat diarrhea due to summer dampness.

2.  The herb is often used in combination with gentian root, chrysanthemum folwer and other herbs for clearing heat and fire from the liver to improve vision, to treat flaming-up of the liver-fire and conjunctival congestion with swelling and pain; and with Chinese dodder seed, rehmannia root and other herbs to nourish the liver and improve vision, to treat Yin-deficiency of the liver and kidney and blurred vision.

3.  To treat cough with yellow, sticky and thick phlegm due to lung-heat, the herb is often used in combination with scutellaria root, trichosanthes fruit, platycodon root, apricot kernel and other herbs for clearing heat, phlegm and cough.

Dosage and Administration: 5-10g. Wrapped in gauze and decocted in water.



For the convenience of customers, we offer the Plantago Seed (che qian zi) as the quick-dissolving granule made through modern technology.




Every sachet is equivalent to raw herb 10 grams.


The dosage is for adults, one sachet each time, twice a day. Please put the granule into a cup, then put 50-100ml boiling water into the cup and stir it with spoon. You will get some tea, drink it when it is luke-warm. For children, the dosage should be reduced according to the weight.


Air ship 50 sachets of Plantago Seed (che qian zi) in the form of quick-dissolving granule for your personal use now at $98.00.


If you would like to order this raw herb, please go to the order form.


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