Tao Ren- Invigorate Blood and Regulate Menses
(LI, HT, LV, LI) - 4.5-9g
Tao Ren - Colonel Peach (Tao Ren is Peach Kernel)
Colonel Peach, who loved peaches, would pretend to direct traffic jams and run in bloody circles on stage. But when she developed intestinal abcess she had to quit eating peaches.

Eventually Tao Ren developed a drug habit which caused (cc: headaches, dizziness, palpitations, even death due to respiratory failure).
English Name: persica, peach seed
Pharmaceutical Name: Semen Persicae
Properties: bitter, neutral

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
traffic jam resolves blood stasis
running in bloody circles... intestinal abcess invigorates blood; treats abcess
peaches moisten the intestines and unblocks bowels
       Tao Ren Actions and Indications
  • Resolves blood stasis (abdominal pain, many kinds of blood stasis: menstrual disorders, traumatic injury, flank pain)
  • Invigorates blood; treats abcess (intestinal abcess; lung abcess; combine with clear heat herbs)
  • Moistens the intestines unblocks bowels (constipation due to dryness or blood stasis)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (overdose may cause headaches, dizziness, palitations, even death due to respiratory failure)
    Special Notes:
  • Intravenous injection of Tao Ren was shown to prevent and dissolve thrombi.
  • 1-2gm: stimulates blood generation
  • 3-5gm: harmonizes blood
  • invigorates the blood
  • breaks up blood stasis
  • Hong Hua is often combined with Tao Ren for synergistic effects. Hong Hua is better for blood stagnation in the channels and collaterals whereas Tao Ren is btter for treatment of abdominal blood stagnation.

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