$6.95 USA Shipping • 90-Day Hassle-Free Returns

Home » Wu Mei – Black (Smoked) Plum – Fructus Mume

Wu Mei – Black (Smoked) Plum – Fructus Mume

Showing all 2 results

Wu Mei

English Name: mume, smoked plum, dark plum

Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Mume

Medica Category: Astringent Herbs

Properties: Wu Mei enters the Liver, Spleen, Lung, and Large Intestine channels; it is sour in nature and neutral in temperature.

What is Wu Mei?:

The Chinese Herb Wu Mei is the dried fruit of the Chinese plum tree (Prunus Mume (Sieb.) Succ. et Zucc.) which is endemic to mountains and river valleys of Southern China (although it is widely cultivated for commercial use outside this region). The plum blossoms appear in mid-late winter and give way to drupes of fruit which ripen as the spring flows into summer. Just before these fruits fully ripen, they are harvested and smoked until wrinkled and more or less black in color. This process amplifies the astringent qualities of this fruit (i.e. the sourness) and makes it ready for use as medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Wu Mei:

Wu Mei binds the intestines to address chronic, unremitting diarrhea (due to qi deficiency) as well as rectal prolapse that can occur as a secondary presentation resulting from Spleen qi depletion. Properly combined with damp and heat clearing herbs, Wu Mei is also appropriate for addressing dysentery and damp-heat diarrhea.

Wu Mei inhibits leakage of Lung qi and stops the leakage of sweat. Clinically this addresses chronic respiratory conditions presenting with feeble cough and a weak voice.

Wu Mei generates body fluids to relieve thirst in persons with yin-deficient heat syndromes (e.g. diabetes, diabetes insipidus, and hyperthyroidism). It is sweetened with sugar and taken as a beverage to relieve summer-heat.

Wu Mei relieves pain associated with parasites; its sourness also calms and weakens them and so it is often used in conjunction with other herbs that explicitly expel parasites (such as roundworms and hookworms).

Wu Mei (charred) addresses chronic uterine bleeding due to deficiency.

Wu Mei, soaked in salt water for a day and mashed into a paste with vinegar, can be used topically to treat corns and warts (as well as other kinds of sores).

–safety/clinical notes:

Contraindicated in cases of internal heat excess and stagnation.

Contraindicated in unresolved exterior disorders.

Due to its restraining effect, Wu Mei is not indicated for sole use to treat acute diarrhea, or diarrhea caused by food poisoning or infections.

Articles Related To Tag: Wu Mei – Black (Smoked) Plum – Fructus Mume

  • Chinese Herbs for a Healthy Period 
    Chinese Herbs for a Healthy Period 

    Can Chinese herbs help you have a more comfortable, regular period? Thousands of years of holistic gynecology practice and modern research says “yes”! Whether you’re riding waves of discomfort each month, looking to enhance your fertility, or simply aiming to boost your overall well-being, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a natural approach to improving your…

  • The Best Chinese Herbs for Stress Relief
    The Best Chinese Herbs for Stress Relief

    According to the American Institute of Stress, 94% of Americans claim to experience chronic stress. Can Chinese herbs for stress help with this overwhelming epidemic? From work deadlines to family commitments to financial challenges, stress seeps into our daily lives from all angles. While triggers can span from mild issues like your traffic-heavy commute to…

  • The Best Chinese Herbs for Dental and Oral Health 

    Oral health is not just about keeping your pearly whites sparkling; your mouth is a gateway to the health of your whole body! But when was the last time you focused on improving your oral health? Beyond daily brushing and flossing, there are many ways to heal your mouth – including Chinese herbs for oral…

  • 15 Herbal Formulas to Conquer Spring Allergy Symptoms

    Winter’s chill is fading, allowing Spring to burst through with new life. Unfortunately for many people, this change in seasons also signals the start of sniffling noses, congested chests, itching eyes, and relentless coughs. It’s allergy season. As we embrace the beauty of the spring season (with tissues in hand), it’s also time to explore…

  • The Best Chinese Herbs for Hay Fever

    Have you ever found yourself sniffling and sneezing with watery eyes as the flowers begin to bloom and the trees regain their leaves? If so, you’re likely one of the many experiencing the seasonal affliction known as hay fever. Hay fever (also known as seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis) affects over a quarter of all…