A Significant Component in Chinese Medicine

Plums, characterized by their neutral, sweet, and sour taste, hold a unique place in Chinese medicine. Known to produce fluids and promote digestion and urination, plums impact the liver and the ladners. Here's a look at the fruit's properties, preparation methods, and the critical notes to bear in mind.


Neutral; Sweet and Sour: Plums produce fluids, promote urination, and aid digestion. They have a unique effect on the liver and ladners.


Plums can be utilized in various ways:

  • Fresh Consumption: Eating 2 fresh plums every day in the morning and evening can promote digestion and arrest bleeding from gums.
  • Sweet Plum Tea: For diminished urination, crush 2 sweet plums with seeds and mix with hot water. Drink like tea, 1 cup each time, twice a day.
  • Vinegar Plums: Soak fresh plums in vinegar to make vinegar plums.
  • Vinegar Plum Wash: Crush 2 vinegar plums with their seeds, mix with boiling water and a little salt, let it cool down. Use the juice to wash your mouth and throat a few times a day to help with chronic pharyngolaryngitis, tonsillitis, periodontitis, mouth canker, and tongue ulcer.
  • Plum Seed Drink: Crush 30g plum seeds and boil with water. Drink a cupful each time, twice a day, to relieve constipation.


Plum consumption is not advised for people with weak stomachs, ulcers, and acute or chronic gastroenteritis.

An anecdote from a friend practicing acupuncture in Montreal highlights the potential of plums to act upon the liver. The excessive consumption of preserved plums led him to experience an emotional outbreak. Thus, plums should be consumed in moderation.


Plums' rich profile makes them a valuable component in Chinese medicine. While they offer various benefits, it is essential to approach their consumption with awareness and respect for individual needs. Consultation with experienced practitioners will provide a tailored approach to incorporating plums into one's holistic care journey.

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