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Jue Ming Zi
- Alternative name: Cao Jue Ming
- Pharmaceutical: Semen Cassiae
Cassia obtusifolia, C. tora
- English: Cassia seed
- Bitter, sweet, salty, cool
- Liver and Large Intestine, but the primary focus is on the Liver.
Actions and Indications
- Clears Liver fire or Liver yang hyperactivity and benefits the eyes
- Treats headache, itchy painful red eyes, excessive tearing and light sensitivity related to wind heat, Liver fire, and Liver yang hyperactivity/rising.
- Moistens intestines and unblocks the bowels
- Treats dry or infrequent stool as well as constipation due to dryness in the intestines.
This herb "oils" the intestines to moisten. Historically, this was used for 3rd world diets low in fats, high in vegetable fiber, which dries the intestines. This adds oils in to let stuff slide through, if ya know what I mean. Not such a big worry for American diets.
- Subdues Liver yang
- Treats Liver yang rising causing headaches and dizziness.
- Modernly used to reduce high serum cholesterol with related hypertension.
Dr. Zhou uses it more for this last indication than for other indications - pill, powder or raw in a tea, taken daily to manage cholesterol.
Dosage: 9 - 15 grams (raw)
- Crush before decocting
- Can use up to 30 grams of jue ming zi for reducing blood cholesterol.
- Can be used by itself, steeped into a tea. Use 10-20 seeds per cup. If patient develops diarrhea or loose stool, reduce dose.
Cautions and Contraindications
- Use with caution in cases of diarrhea or hypotension.
- Don't use when your patient has Spleen deficiency!