Peach Kernel

Latin name: Semen persicae
Chinese name: tao ren

What is a Peach Kernel?

After a ripe peach is picked, the fruit stone is taken out and broken to get the kernel, which is then dried in the sunlight. The kernel is broken up before using, though it should not be broken into small pieces until it is to be used.

What are the health benefits of Peach Kernel?
Peach kernel is an important herb used for menstrual pain and disorders, traumatic injury with bruising and pain, abdominal pain, and abdominal masses. It is often combined with safflower in herbal formulations for painful menstruation. Peach kernel is rich in oils that lubricate and relax the bowels, and for this reason it is also used to treat constipation due to dryness in the intestines.

What are the guidelines for taking Peach Kernel?
Dried peach kernel is sold dried and as a powder. After crushing the herb it needs to be boiled in water before taking orally. It is usually used as part of a formula in combination with other herbs.

Are there any precautions for taking Peach Kernel?
This herb should not be taken during pregnancy. Maximum dosage should not exceed 10 grams daily. Herbs should be used according to individual needs.

Where can I find Peach Kernel?

Dried peach kernel can be found online and at the offices of Chinese practitioners.

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