Commonly Used Chinese Herb Formulas with Illustrations - Apricot Seed and Linum Formula (Ma Zi Ren Wan)


1117 麻子仁丸 (Ma Zi Ren Wan)

Apricot Seed and Linum Formula

Hemp Seed Pill




Chinese Name

Pharmaceutical Name

Pin Yin Name

English Name


Fructus Cannabis

Ma Zi Ren



Rhizoma Rhei

Da Huang



Radix Paeoniae alba

Shao Yao

White Peony


Fructus Aurantii immaturus

Zhi Shi

Zhi Shih


Cortex Magnoliae officinalis

Hou Pu

Magnolia Bark


Semen Armeniacae amarum

Xing Ren

Apricot Seed


Classic Literature Reference

Shang Han Lun (Treatise on Febrile Diseases, 206).

Compiler: Zhang, Zhong-jingo



Traditional: Dry heat in the Stomach and Intestine accompanied by insufficient body fluids marked by dry and hard stool, difficult bowel movement, frequent urination, a dry and yellow tongue coating, and a floating and hesitant pulse. This condition typically occurs in the elderly or in physically weak individuals who have dry skin and lack adequate body fluids.


Modern: Habitual constipation, constipation in the elderly, postpartum or post-surgical constipation, incomplete intestinal obstruction, and hemorrhoids.

Pattern of Downward Flow of Damp-Heat


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