lu e mei
By: Joe Hing Kwok Chu
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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