He Zi


He Zi in TCM:

Explore the properties of He Zi according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: chebule, medicine terminalia fruit
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Chebulae
Properties: bitter, astringent, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LU, LI, ST

Flavors: astringent, bitter
Tonifies: qi

    Alternate Forms:
  • sheng- for chronic cough and voice loss
  • wei- for chronic diarrhea and dysenteric disorders

Actions / Indications:
  • Binds up Large Intestine; stops diarrhea (chronic diarrhea or dysenteric disorders; he zi can be used in hot or cold patterns when combined with other herbs)
  • Restrains leakage of LU qi; stops cough; benefits throat (wheeze, deficient LU qi, loss of voice, chronic cough; can be used for cough due to phlegm heat obstructing the LU in combination w/ other herbs)

    Special Notes:
  • He Zi and Rou Dou Kou both treat chronic diarrhea. He Zi focuses on the upper jiao (wheezing and cough d/t LU qi deficiency) while Rou Dou Kou focuses more on the middle jiao and treats fullness and pain with poor appetite due to SP qi deficiency.

  • (cc: exterior patterns)
  • (cc: caution for internal accumulation of damp heat)
  • (note: Must CRUSH!)