Hua Jiao


Hua Jiao in TCM:

Explore the properties of Hua Jiao according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: Husk of Szechuan Pepper, Chinese prickly-ash
Pharmacuetical Name: Pericarpium Zanthoxylum bungeanum
Properties: acrid, hot

Temperature: hot

Channels: ST, SP, KD

Flavors: pungent

Special Properties:
disperses cold, clears damp, expels parasites

    Alternate Forms:
  • Jiao Mu (Semen Zanthoxylum bungeanum)- bitter, cold; KD, UB, LI; promotes urination, reduces edema, redirects qi to calm wheezing; 3-10g

Actions / Indications:
  • Warms the middle jiao, disperses cold, alleviates pain (exogenous cold invasion with cold and pain in abdomen or epigastric area, vomiting, diarrhea, tooth pain)
  • Kills parasites; alleviates abdominal pain (auxiliary herb for abdominal pain due to roundworms; also enema for children's pinworms)
  • Dry damp; relieves itch (prurits, external use for eczema; to elieve itch of skin and genitals)

    Special Notes:
  • Do not confuse with Hu Jiao - which is a different herb in the same category.
  • A 300mg capsule of ground Hua Jiao taken 3x daily was shown to be 93.9% effective to stop lactation after child birth.
  • Hua Jiao can be used alone as a compress directly over the area of pain.

  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat sign)