Hemp seed (Huomaren)
Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Cannabis
Botanical Name: Cannabis sativa L.
Common Name: Cannabis seed, Hemp seed
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used: The ripe seeds are gathered in autumn, cleaned and dried in the sun. This herb must be ground in a mortar and pestle before use.
Natural Properties & Taste: Sweet and neutral
Meridians: Spleen and large intestine
To lubricate intestines and move feces
1. Constipation due to dryness in the intestines. Hemp seed (Huomaren) is used with Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Prepared rehmannia root (Shudihuang) and Apricot seed (Xingren) in the formula Yixue Runchang Wan.
2. Constipation with hemorrhoids due to dryness and heat in the large intestine. Hemp seed (Huomaren) is used with Rhubarb (Dahuang) and Magnolia bark (Houpo) in the formula Maziren Wan.
Dosage: 10-30 g
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb is contraindicated in cases with diarrhea.