Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Mume
Common English: Mume Fruit
Black Plum
Smoked Plum
Herbs that Stabilize and Bind (Astringents)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Astringes leakage of Lung Qi, stops leakage of sweat and stops coughs

Chronic Lung Deficiency coughs, dysphagia, regurgitation

Generates fluids and alleviates thirst

Thirst due to Heat from Deficiency

Qi and Yin Deficiency

Wasting and thirsting disorder due to Deficiency Heat

Expels roundworms and alleviates pain

Roundworm induced vomiting and abdominal pain

Occasionally used for abdominal pain and vomiting not associated with parasites

Astringes the Intestines and stops diarrhea

Chronic, incessant diarrhea or dysentery and fecal incontinence and hemafecia (can be used alone charred for these purposes)

Rectal prolapse

Stops bleeding

Bleeding (hemafecia and excessive uterine bleeding) with symptoms of Blood Deficiency (Dryness, thirst and a parched mouth)

Can be used alone charred and powdered for bleeding from the vagina, anus or urethra

Treat corns and warts topically

Corns and warts
  • Contraindicated in cases of Internal Heat Excess and Stagnation.
  • Contraindicated in unresolved Exterior disorders.
  • Combine with other herbs to treat food poisoning.

Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia
Colla Corii
E Jiao

Fr. Chebulae
He Zi
Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi


Per. Papaveris
Ying Su Ke

Chronic coughing due to Lung Deficiency.

Chronic coughing and diarrhea.

Chronic non-productive coughing.

Floating dispersal of Lung Qi chronic coughing, wheezing and exhaustion.

Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen
Rx. Puerariae
Ge Gen

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Fr. Corni
Shan Zhu Yu
Rz. Alismatis
Ze Xie

Per, Zanthoxyli
Chuan Jiao
Hb. Asari
Xi Xin
Rz. Zingiberis
Gan Jiang


Thirst and irritability due to injured fluids, as in Heat disorders or wasting and thirsting disorder.


Roundworms causing abdominal pain, irritability and vomiting after eating.

Sm. Arecae
Bing Lang

Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Sm. Myristicae
Rou Dou Kou

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

Abdominal pain due to roundworms in either the intestines or the bile duct.

Chronic, incessant diarrhea due to Deficiency Cold from Middle Jiao Deficiency or Spleen and Kidney Yang Deficiency.

Damp-Heat dysenteric disorders.

Thirst, coughing, Dryness and irritability associated with internal Heat patterns - often the result of injured Fluids in chronic dysenteric disorders.

Flos Sophorae
Huai Hua
Cacumen Platycladi
Ce Bai Ye
Rz. Nodus Nelumbinis
Ou Jie

Fr. Crataegi
Shan Zha
Cx. Magnoliae
Hou Po
Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren

Fr. Chaenomelis
Mu Gua


Bleeding from any of the lower orifices.

Indigestion and focal distention of the epigastrium and abdomen resulting from Food Stagnation.

Vomiting, diarrhea, and muscular spasm associated with Summer Heat disease.

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao

Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi
Bul. Lilii
Bai He
Rx. Asteris
Zi Wan
Sm. Armeniacae
Xing Ren
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao
Rz. Pinelliae Preparatum
Zhi Ban Xia

Bloody stools and excessive uterine bleeding, especially with accompanying thirst and symptoms of Blood Deficiency.

Irritable Heat and fullness in the chest due to Yin Deficiency Fire attacking the Heart.

Internal Heat with thirst, Dryness, coughing and irritability.

Seasonal epidemic dysenteric disorders with inability to eat.

Dysentery with burning sensations due to Damp-Heat.

Chronic coughing.

Fr. Chebulae
He Zi
Per. Papaveris
Ying Su Ke

Sm. Myristicae
Rou Dou Kou

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen
Rz. Cimicifugae
Sheng Ma
Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu

Rx. Quinquefolii
Xi Yang Shen
Tub. Ophiopogonis
Mai Men Dong
Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Rx. Puerariae
Ge Gen

Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao

Chronic diarrhea or dysentery.

Rectal prolapse.

Thirst in diabetes, diabetes insipidus and hyperthyroidism.

Hb. Asari
Xi Xin
Rx. Aconiti Lateralis Preparata
Zhi Fu Zi
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Fr. Quisqualis
Shi Jun Zi
Per. Zanthoxyli
Chuan Jiao



Roundworms and hookworms.



  1. For warts and corns, soften in hot water, remove the growth and then apply a plaster to the area with gauze. Change every 24 hours.
  2. It is said to heal melanotic nervus and rotten flesh.
  3. Also used topically for psoriasis.
  4. It is used with sugar as a drink during the summer, to generate fluids.
  5. Commonly used in Japan - known as umeboshi. It is regarded as one of the best health tonics - protects against numerous diseases. - Sold in the West as a food in Oriental and health food stores.
  6. Used externally, it opens the Orifices and opens up closure as in closed type Wind-Stroke with tightly clenched jaws by rubbing the flesh of the fruit on the gum.
  7. It eliminates dead, noxious flesh such as that surrounding toxic sores (topically).
  8. It is used, pounded and mixed with jellyfish for topical application to pyogenic infection of the finger, especially with severe pain.
  9. It has anti-cancer properties and inhibits ascites carcinoma.
  10. For External Invasion and diseases related to insect bites, parch 90g of this herb into a powder and mix with honey to make small pills. Take 20-30 pills with a decoction of Per. Granati Shi Liu Pi before meals.
  11. To treat abdominal distention, and pain for those who are out of breath and dying, decoct 27 pieces of this herb in 200ml water and take orally.
  12. Decoct this herb with 100g of Hb. Scutellariae Barbatae Ban Zhi Lian and take after meals.
  13. Dry-fried Mume Chao Wu Mei has greater warming and astringing properties and is used for chronic diarrhea due to Spleen Deficiency.
  14. Vinegar-fried Mume Cu Chao Wu Me has greater Lung astringing and parasite expelling properties.
  15. Charred Mume Wu Mei Tan enhances its ability to astringe Blood and stop bleeding internally for hemafecia during diarrhea or dysenteric disorders and externally for bleeding sores.
  16. Flos Mume Bai Hua Mei is Cold, and sour eases the mind to regulate the Stomach, to resolve phlegm, and counteract toxicity, for depression with fidgeting; epigastric pain, due to stagnation of the Qi of the Liver and Stomach, globus hystericus, scrofula and ulcers.
  17. Wild Mume Yen Mei balances Yin and Yang, Stimulates Qi, Resolves Stagnation and enhances the immune system.
  18. Both Wu Mei and Fr. Chaenomelis Mu Gua are sour, astringent and warm. Wu Me enters the Lungs to astringe, enters the Intestines to bind up, enters the sinews and bones to soften and drives parasites into hiding. It enters and eliminates dead muscles, noxious flesh, and toxic moles and draws out spines which have stuck in the flesh. Mu Gua dredges and drains Damp-Heat from the Spleen, Stomach, sinews and bones and astringes depleted primal Qi of the Spleen and Lungs.
  19. Both Wu Mei and Fr. Chebulae He Zi are sour astringent and restrain the Lung Qi to stop chronic cough due to Lung Qi Deficiency and both enter the Large Intestine to treat long term diarrhea and dysenteric disorders. Wu Mei  generates fluids, strengthens the Stomach and expels roundworms, none of which He Zi does. On the other hand, He  Zi has is a stronger astringent so that it directs Qi downward to benefit the throat and unbind the voice, which Wu Mei cannot do.
  20. Both Wu Mei and Fr. Schisandrae Wu Wei Zi astringe the Lungs, generate fluids and bind up the Intestines. Wu Mei more strongly generates fluids and alleviates thirst. It also harmonizes the Stomach and eliminates roundworms. It is important in treating irregular uterine bleeding or Hematuria. Wu Wei Zi more powerfully astringes Lung Qi to stop coughs while at the same time, strengthens Lung Qi, grasps Kidney Qi, astringes Essence and sweat and calms the Spirit.
  21. Both Wu Mei Per. Papaveris Ying Su Ke and are astringents. Wu Mei is a strong astringent. It enters the Lungs to stop cough, enters the Intestines to stop diarrhea, enters the Qi  level to restrain Deficiency Fire and enters the Blood to contain Yin and Blood to stop bleeding. Ying Su Ke more strongly enters the Lungs and Intestines to restrain and inhibit. It more readily affects the upper burner and most importantly secures and stabilizes the Kidney Qi and strongly relieves pain.