Huo Ma Ren (Semen Cannabis)——Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (Shen Nong’s Herbal)
The Processing of Ma Ren
The ripe fruit of Cannabis sativa L. of family Mulberry.
All parts of China.
Collected in autumn when ripening.
The actual smell and taste
Light smell and bland taste.
Big granule and full kernel.
Smashed and unprocessed.
The Effect of Ma Ren
Sweet, mild; large intestine, spleen and stomach meridians entered.
Moisten intestines for relaxing bowels.
Constipation due to intestinal dryness
Because it is sweet, mild and moist in property, and rich in oil, it can moisten intestines for relaxing bowels, and has the combined effect of nourishing and tonifying as well. It is suitable for the old, puerpera, and the weak with insufficient blood and body fluid who suffer from constipation due to intestinal dryness. It works when either used singly or combined with other herbs of moistening intestines for relaxing bowels, such as Su Zi. For constipation due to fluid consumption accompanied with dryness-heat, it can be combined with heat-purging and bowels-relaxing, and qi-moving herbs, for instance, Da Huang and Hou Po, as in Ma Zi Ren Wan from Shang Han Lun.
Dosage and Administrations
Smash it and decoct 10~15 g. It is better to use it in pills, 2~3g each time.