Apricot seeds (Xing Ren) Peach kernels (Tao Ren) Biota seeds (Bai Zi Ren) Bush cherry pits (Yu Li Ren)

Chinese: 五仁丸

Pinyin: Wǔ Rén Wán

Other names: Five-Seed Pill

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Formula category: Formulas that moisten Intestines and unblock bowels

Conditions for which it may be prescribed: VertigoConstipationIrritable bowel syndrome

  1. Moistens the Intestines
  2. Unblocks the movement of Stool

Contraindications: Using the formula during pregnancy should be done with caution. It is because... Using the formula during pregnancy should be done with caution. It is because this formula contains Peach Kernae, which helps to break up blood clots, as well as Bush Cherry Pit, which has a powerful laxative effect. see more

Source date: 1345 AD

Source book: Effective Formulas from Generations of Physicians

Wu Ren Wan is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Apricot Seeds (Xing Ren) and Peach Kernels (Tao Ren) as principal ingredients.

Invented in 1345 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that moisten Intestines and unblock bowels. Its main actions are: 1) moistens the Intestines and 2) unblocks the movement of Stool.

In Chinese Medicine health conditions are thought to arise due to "disharmonies" in the body as a system. These disharmonies are called "patterns" and the very purpose of herbal formulas is to fight them in order to restore the body's harmony.

From a Western Medicine standpoint, such patterns can give rise to a range of conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, vertigo or constipation for instance.

On this page, after a detailed description of each of the seven ingredients in Wu Ren Wan, we review the patterns and conditions that Wu Ren Wan helps treat.

The seven ingredients in Wu Ren Wan

Xing Ren is a king ingredient in Wu Ren Wan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

1. Apricot Seeds (Xing Ren)

Part used: Dried ripe seeds

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: Large intestineLung

Category: Herbs that relieve coughing and wheezing

In general Xing Ren's main actions are as follows: "Stops cough and wheezing caused by either Heat or Cold. Lubricates the Intestines and relieves constipation."

In the context of Wu Ren Wan, it is used because it , thanks to its link with the Lungs, unblocks constipation caused by Qi Stagnation.

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Tao Ren is a king ingredient in Wu Ren Wan. Like the name indicates, it means it has more power than other ingredients in the formula.

2. Peach Kernels (Tao Ren)

Part used: Dried ripe seed

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): BitterSweet

Meridian affinity: HeartLarge intestineLiver

Category: Herbs that invigorate the Blood

In general Tao Ren's main actions are as follows: "Moves Blood and breaks up Stasis. Moistens the Intestines. Relieves coughing."

In the context of Wu Ren Wan, it is used because it , thanks to its link with the Liver, unblocks constipation caused by Blood Stagnation.

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Bai Zi Ren is a deputy ingredient in Wu Ren Wan. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

3. Biota Seeds (Bai Zi Ren)

Part used: Dried ripe seeds

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: HeartKidneyLarge intestine

Category: Herbs that nourish the Heart and calm the Spirit

In general Bai Zi Ren's main actions are as follows: "Nourishes the Heart and calms the Spirit. Moistens the Intestines and relieves constipation."

In the context of Wu Ren Wan, it is used because it increases the capacity of the formula to moisten the Intestine along with Bush cherry pit.

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Yu Li Ren is a deputy ingredient in Wu Ren Wan. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

4. Bush Cherry Pits (Yu Li Ren)

Part used: Dried ripe seeds

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): BitterPungentSweet

Meridian affinity: Large intestineSmall intestineSpleen

Category: Laxative herbs that drain downward

In general Yu Li Ren's main actions are as follows: "Moistens the Intestines and invigorates Qi. Increases the flow of urine."

In the context of Wu Ren Wan, it is used because it increases the capacity of the formula to moisten the Intestine along with Biota seeds.

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Song Zi Ren is a deputy ingredient in Wu Ren Wan. This means it helps the king ingredient(s) treat the main pattern or it serves to treat a coexisting pattern.

5. Pine Nuts (Song Zi Ren)

Part used: Seed kernel of Huashan pine, Korean pine or Masson pine

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: Large intestineLiverLung

Category: Warm herbs that transform Phlegm and stop Cough

In general Song Zi Ren's main actions are as follows: "Strengthen Yang and replenishe bones, invigorate Qi, beautify the skin, moisten the Lungs and relieve cough , and moisten the Intestines and defecation."

In the context of Wu Ren Wan, it is used because it increases the capacity of the formula to moisten the Intestine along with other deputies.

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Chen Pi is an assistant ingredient in Wu Ren Wan. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.

6. Tangerine Peel (Chen Pi)

Part used: Dried pericarp of the ripe fruit

Nature: Warm

Taste(s): BitterPungent

Meridian affinity: LungSpleen

Category: Herbs that regulate Qi

Chen Pi has the ability to move Qi and unblock the Intestines. It transforms the moistening action of the five seeds into bowel movement. It is used in a high dosage and functions as the assistant.

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Feng Mi is an envoy ingredient in Wu Ren Wan. This means that it directs the formula towards certain area of the body and/or harmonizes the actions of other ingredients.

7. Honey (Feng Mi)

Part used: Honey

Nature: Neutral

Taste(s): Sweet

Meridian affinity: StomachLarge intestineLung

Category: Laxative herbs that drain downward

Feng Mi uses sweetness for harmonizing the actions of the other ingredients and also adds to the formulas overall moistening effect.

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