Pharmaceutical Latin: Semen Torreyae
Common English: Torreya Seeds
Japanese Torreya Nut
Herbs that Expel Parasites
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Dry-fried: 9-15g
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Kills parasites and reduces accumulations

Intestinal parasites including tapeworms, pinworms, hookworms and fasciolopsis flukes (can be used alone)

Moistens the Intestines and unblocks the bowels

Constipation, especially with hemorrhoids (used alone - dry-fried and eaten)

Moistens Intestines and stops coughing

Mild coughs due to Lung Dryness

Stops diarrhea

Diarrhea and dysentery

  • Contraindicated for those with loose stools or coughing from Hot Phlegm in the Lungs.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Do not eat mung beans with this herb.
  • Eating too much of this herb excessively lubricates the Intestines.
  • The outer peel is incompatible with Sm. Phaseoli Radiati Lu Dou.

Rx. Stemonae
Bai Bu
Rz. Dryopteris Crassirhizoma
Mian Ma Guan Zhong

Cx. Meliae
Ku Lian Pi
Fr. Mume
Wu Mei

Fr. Quisqualis
Shi Jun Zi
Bul. Allii Sativi
Da Suan

Dislodges and expels hookworms.

Roundworms infecting the bile duct.

Dislodges and expels roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and pinworms.

Hb. Polygoni Avicularis
Bian Xu

Sm. Arecae
Bing Lang
Fr. Ulmi Macrocarpae Preparatus
Wu Yi

Sm. Cannabis
Huo Ma Ren
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Sm. Pruni
Yu Li Ren

Dislodges and expels pinworms.

Dislodges and expels tapeworms.

Chronic constipation.

Bul. Fritillariae Cirrhosae
Chuan Bei Mu
Sm. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou Ren
Rx. Adenophorae/Glehniae
Sha Shen

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Rx. Adenophorae/Glehniae
Sha Shen
Rx. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao
Fol. Mori
Sang Ye

Sm. Cannabis
Huo Ma Ren
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Sm. Pruni
Yu Li Ren

Sm. Sesame
Hei Zhi Ma

Mild coughs due to Lung Dryness.

Cough from Lung Dryness.

Constipation due to Large Intestine Dryness.

  1. This herb is non-toxic and does not harm the Stomach Qi. It also has a slight laxative effect. These qualities make it an important anthelmintic.
  2. This herb moderates pain while it kills parasites.
  3. It is most effective eaten alone after dry-frying.
  4. It can be used alone to kill tapeworm proglottid - eat seven seeds a day for seven days.
  5. Take 30 to 40 seeds in the morning on an empty stomach daily until hookworms are expelled from the body.
  6. Both Fei Zi Shi and Fr. Quisqualis Shi Jun Zi are sweet, relatively nontoxic, do not injure the Spleen while killing parasites and both contain fatty oils to lubricate the Intestines. Shi Jun Zi is better at expelling roundworms. It moistens the Lungs, stops cough, tonifies the Spleen, augments the Stomach to help digestion and treats childhood nutritional impairment. Fei Zi is better at expelling hookworms and pinworms, moistens the Lungs and stops cough.
  7. Dry-fried Torreya Seeds Chao Fei Zi strengthens the Spleen, digests Food Stagnation and treats childhood nutritional impairment while killing parasites.