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lu e mei            

 By: Joe Hing Kwok Chu

 lu e mei   


Other name: bai hua mei

Cantonese Pronunciation: luk ngok mooi

The variety that has green calyx is called lu e mei, literally means plum (flowers) with green calyx. In the classics Ben Cao Gang Mu : bai hua me, literally mean white flower plum.

The flowers are being used. Usually they are being used for cooling.

Where grown: Originated in China. Produced in Sichuan, Zhejiang, Fujian,  Guangdong, Hunan, Gizhou. Those produced in Changxin od Zhejiang are deemed  best.

Pharmaceutical name: Pruni flos

Latin botanical name: Prunus mume Sieb. et Zucc

Common Name:   plum flower

Characteristics and channel (meridian) relation:  related to  liver and  lung channels. Sour and astringent flavou. Neutral property.

Uses: relieving stomachache caused by dominant liver qi; globus hystericus (sensation of obstruction of throat during hysteria attacks)  anorexia, dizziness, scrofula (TB of lymph nodes), resolving phlegm. 


Last update: 12/22/99 



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