Hei Zhi Ma


Hei Zhi Ma in TCM:

Explore the properties of Hei Zhi Ma according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


English Name: sesame seed
Pharmacuetical Name: semen sesami nigrum
Properties: sweet, neutral

Temperature: neutral

Channels: LI, KD, LV

Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: blood, yin

Special Properties:
essence, resolves dryness

Actions / Indications:
  • Nourishes LV and KD essence and blood (premature greying, blood and essence deficiency of LV and KD; blurred vision, tinnitus, dizziness, headache, numbness)
  • Moistens intestines (dry stool, constipation due to dry intestines or blood deficiency)

    Special Notes:
  • The alternate name for Hei Zhi Ma is Hu Ma Ren, not to be confused with Huo Ma Ren which has different properties and functions.
  • Hei Zhi Ma treats insect bites and sores when crushed and applied directly to skin.

  • (cc: diarrhea)