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Chen Pi (Aged Tangerine Peel)

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Botanical name:   Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
Common name:   Tangerine Peel
Family:   Citrus reticulata Blanco, Rutaceae family
TCM Use:   Peel

Functional Grouping:   Herbs That Regulate The Qi
Dosage & Preparation:   3-9g
Channels Influenced:   Lungs, Spleen, Stomach
Associated Temperature & Taste:   Warm, Aromatic, Bitter, Acrid   Read More ...

Major Chinese Medicine actions:

  1. Regulates Qi, improves transportive function of the spleen, relieves diaphragm
    Eepigastric/abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting
    (promotes movement of qi in general; specifically directing it downward - good for different types of nausea/vomiting)

  2. Important herb for drying dampness and the transformation of phlegm
    Coughs with stifling sensation in the chest/diaphragm, and copious viscous sputum (qi-level herb)

  3. Prevents stagnation
    Prevents cloying of tonifying herbs

  4. Ju Hong is the red part of the tangerine peel
    It is more drying and aromatic

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Chen Pi (Aged Tangerine Peel)


Chen Pi (Aged Tangerine Peel)


1. Syndrome of Qi Stagnation in Spleen and Stomach:

This mild acting Herb with the major function to regulates and moves Stomach & Spleen Qi. Therefore it is used in syndromes of Qi Stagnation as well as general Stagnation symptoms of the Stomach & Spleen.

  • Relieves diaphragm epigastric/abdominal distention
    • Fullness, bloating, belching, nausea, vomiting
    • Promotes movement of qi in general downward
    • Gastric and abdominal distension, stuffiness, fullness and pain
    • Moves and controls rising Stomach Qi (vomiting & hiccup)

2. Dries and Moves Dampness and Invigorate Spleen And Stomach:
The action of this Herb also lends itself for the treatment of Dampness and its related conditions and symptoms. Therefore we can see that Chen Pi has the ability to strengthen and support the Spleen & Stomach Transforming and Transporting functions.

  • Moves and Dries Dampness and invigorate Spleen and Stomach
    • For nausea and vomiting caused by Damp Accumulation with Qi Stagnation

  • Important Herb for Drying Dampness and the Transformation of Phlegm
    • Coughs with stifling sensation in the chest/diaphragm, Phlegm

  • Dries Dampness and Resolve Phlegm, Disperse and Descend Lung Qi
    (cough caused by Damp Phlegm or Cold Phlegm)
    • Cough with profuse sputum
    • Chest fullness
    • Nausea and vomiting due to damp-phlegm accumulation

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3. Prevents stagnation:
Some people suffer from a cloying or Stagnation effect from the use of Tonic Herbs. Chen Pi and Herbs in this category are particularly good at dispersing this type of Stagnation.

  • Can be used to prevents the cloying and/or Stagnation effects of tonifying herbs

4. Ju Hong is the red part of the Tangerine Peel:

  • It is more drying and aromatic


  • Peter is qualified TCM practitioner, specialising in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbalism, as well as Naturopathy and Nutrition with 35 years clinical experience

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