Plantago Seed ( 车前子 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name


Pinyin Mandarin Name

Che Qian Zi

Common English Name

Plantago Seed

Part of Plant Used





Sweet, bland

Meridians Entered

Kidney, Bladder, Liver, Lung, Small Intestine

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat urinary-tract burning, redness, and itching; eye pain, burning, itching, or dryness; high blood pressure; excessive colored phlegm; and diarrhea (TCM: damp-heat conditions). Also used as a diuretic.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Promotes urination and clears heat; clears the eyes; expels Phlegm and stops coughing.

Common Formulas Used In

Dianthus; Gentiana

Processing Required



When boiling plantago seeds for tea, wrap them in cheesecloth.

Cautions in Use

Use carefully where there is exhausted Yang Qi, or where there is sperm leakage due to Kidney deficiency or overwork.

Leave Plantago Seed

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