Dried Euryale Seeds (Qian Shi): About, Benefits & Uses

Dried Euryale Seeds (Qian Shi): About, Benefits & Uses | Vita Herbal Nutrition

Dried Euryale Seeds (芡实), also known as Qian Shi, has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries as a powerful health-boosting remedy.

Being used in a wide variety of forms, this herb is packed with a wide range of properties which make it a great option for wellbeing goals. 

So, without further ado here's an overview of Dried Euryale Seeds and how they could be a great addition to your everyday routine...

What are Dried Euryale Seeds?

Dried Euryale Seeds are a popular herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as well as Indian cuisine. 

They are the ripe seeds of the annual plant Euryale ferox Salisb. of the family Nyphaeace and are predominantly found in the Hunan, Jiangxi and Anhui Chinese provinces.  

This herb is collected between late Autumn and early Winter, possessing no smell and a slight flavour. 

In the eyes of the East, Dried Euryale Seeds are considered sweet, astringent and neutral in nature, targeting the spleen and kidney meridians to control the vital energy (qi), essence (jing) and dispel dampness. 

What are the potential health benefits?

Being traditional used to treat a variety of ailments, consuming this herb may potentially assist with the following:

  • Strengthen the spleen
  • Assist to stop diarrhoea
  • Aid to stop discharge
  • Help with tonifying the kidneys

In addition, this herb is suitable for vegans and gluten-free.  

How can I use Dried Euryale Seeds?

As eagerly anticipated, here are some great ways to use Dried Euryale Seeds in your everyday routine...

Raw Form

To give you a great start to the day, a handful of this herb is great to stabilise and bind your essence, leading to conserved qi (vital energy). 

A longevity routine, ancient Chinese poets would boil these for 10-20 seconds in boiling water to soften the seeds, then chew them one by one throughout the day to boost their wellness. 

Deep Fried

Frying the Euryale Seeds allows them to become warmer in nature, therefore being more effective to tonify the spleen and kidneys. 

This is traditionally used to stabilise the kidneys are one of the preferred treatments of Spermatorrhea. 


Once you've fried and re-hydrated your herbs, why not use them in a delicious warming soup? 

This is a top hit among Chinese culinary experts! 

        How can I get hold of Dried Euryale Seeds?

        This herb is available in the following quantities:

        Dried Euryale Seeds 芡实 (Qian Shi) | (100g)

        Dried Euryale Seeds 芡实 (Qian Shi) | (500g)


        Now that you've got some great ways to incorporate this versatile herb into your daily routine, show off your Qian Shi knowledge with your friends and family!

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