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Chinese pear-leaved crabappleChinese Pear-leaved Crabapple

Malus melliana (H-M.) Rehd., LIN QIN

 

The Chinese pear-leaved crabapple, lin qin (forest crabapple) is also called hua hong (colorful red crabapple) and sha guo (sand fruit). A small tree growing to a height of about 5 meters. The fruit is ball shaped, slightly flattened, with a diameter of 25-40 mm. The fruit has a concave hollow on the top where the stem is, and a hollow at the bottom.

The skin is yellow or deep red, the flesh is white and the flavor sweet and slightly astringent. It begins to ripen at the end of summer. Its nature is neither hot nor cold.

The fruit can alleviate thirst, help stop diarrhea and noctural emission. It contains protein, folic acid, fat, vitamin B1, B2, C, nicotinic acid, carotene, etc.

APPLICATIONS

1. HEAT PROSTRATION. Take 30 grams of fresh fruit, crush and add a cup of cool boiled water. Strain off the juice and drink it. Do this in the morning and again in the afternoon.

2. DIARRHEA IN SMALL CHILDREN. Take 15-30 grams of fresh fruit, crush, squeeze and obtain the juice. Drink this 3 times a day.

3. ENTERITIS OR DYSENTERY LEADING TO STOMACH PAINS; DIARRHEA. Take 60 grams of partly ripe fresh fruit, crush, add water, simmer and serve. Do this three times a day.

4. SEMINAL EMISSION. Take 30 grams of dried fruit and stir-fry till golden. Add water, steam and serve. Do this every evening.

5. HEAD SORES IN SMALL CHILDREN; BOILS; SCROFULA. Take 3-5 pieces of partly ripe fresh fruit, crush, add vinegar and mix to a paste. Spread on the affected parts.

WARNING


Do not eat too much of this fruit as it can result in dry stools. If suffering from constipation pertaining to sthenia-syndrome do not use this fruit.

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