Pharmaceutical Latin: Pericarpium Papaveris
Common English: Opium Poppy Husk
Obsolete Substances: Herbs that Stabilize and Bind (Astringents)
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Tincture: 0.5-3ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Astringes leakage of Lung Qi

Chronic cough

Astringes the Intestines

Chronic dysentery and diarrhea

Stabilizes the Lower Jiao

Lower Jiao Deficiency with polyuria. spermatorrhea or vaginal discharge

Alleviates pain

Pain (any kind, especially sinews, bones and epigastrium)

Pain from tumors

  • Contraindicated for those with acute dysenteric disorders.
  • Contraindicated for those with acute cough.
  • Contraindicated during pregnancy or lactation.
  • Contraindicated for small children.
  • Do not use large doses or for long periods of time as this herb is both toxic and addictive.
  • Phenothiazines, monoamine oxidase inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants may exaggerate and prolong the depressant effect of this herb.

Fr. Mume
Wu Mei
Fr. Schisandrae
Wu Wei Zi

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Fr. Chebulae
He Zi
Fr. Amomi
Sha Ren

Chronic, incessant cough

Chronic diarrhea and dysenteric disorders

Chronic unremitting diarrhea due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiencies and weakness

Fr. Mume
Wu Mei

Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu
Rz. Dioscoreae
Shan Yao
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Fr. Chebulae
He Zi
Sm. Myristicae
Rou Dou Kou

Chronic non-productive cough

Floating dispersal of Lung Qi chronic cough, wheezing and exhaustion

Chronic cough


Rx. Ginseng
Ren Shen
Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu
Fu Ling



Diarrhea with Spleen Deficiency



  1. Morphine is extremely toxic. Side effects=headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, urinary disorders, diaphoresis, somnolence, pinpoint pupils and biliary colic.
  2. Its most dangerous side effect is respiratory depression leading to unconsciousness and death.
  3. Morphine and codeine are extremely addictive.
  4. This herb can be used individually for symptomatic relief of cough.
  5. Both Ying Su Ke and Fr. Mume Wu Mei are astringents. 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. 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.
  6. Both Ying Su Ke and Galla Chinensis Wu Bei Zi astringe the Lungs to alleviate cough and the Intestines to stop diarrhea. Wu Bei Zi is sour astringent and cold, weaker in astringing the Lungs and Intestines, it is more appropriate for descending Fire, resolving toxicity, generating Yang fluids, stopping bleeding, securing Jing and astringing sweat. Ying Su Ke is a stronger astringent and effectively reduces pain.
  7. Ying Su Ke, Limonitum Yu Yu Liang and Halloysitum Rubrum Chi Shi Zhi all bind the Intestines, stop diarrhea and stabilize to stop incessant uterine bleeding and are often combined to enhance these actions. Yu Yu Liang is heavier than Chi Shi Zhi, and astringes the lower Jiao, without tonifying or augmenting the Stomach, while Chi Shi Zhi being sweet and warm, augments the Qi, generates flesh, and adjusts the Middle. It is more appropriate for sores that fail to heal due to Qi Deficiency, and diarrhea or uterine bleeding disorders due to inability to securely store. Ying Su Ke is light in weight and slightly cold. It enters the Qi level and preserves the Lungs.
  8. for patients in severe pain, Rz. Corydalis Yan Hu Suo may be used as a substitute as this herb may not readily be available.
  9. Vinegar-fried Poppy Husk Cu Chao Ying Su Ke more strongly astringes the Intestines and is less likely to cause nausea. It is used to treat dysenteric disorders.
  10. Honey-prepared Poppy Husk Mi Zhi Ying Su Ke is better at astringing the Lungs and is often used to treat chronic cough and wheezing.