Su Zi


Su Zi in TCM:

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

English Name: perilla fruit
Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Perillae
Properties: acrid, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LU, LI

Flavors: pungent

Special Properties:
resolves phlegm, resolves dryness

Actions / Indications:
  • Descends LU qi; transforms phlegm; stops cough and wheeze (copious phlegm; wheezing; exhalation more difficult than inhalation; stifling sensation in chest)
  • Unblocks bowels; Moistens Intestines (constipation due to dry Large Intestine)
  • (cc: SP deficiency diarrhea)
  • (cc: yin deficiency cough)

    Special Notes:
  • Su Zi, Zi Su Ye, and Su Geng are different parts of the same plant but with different functions. Su Zi redirects qi to help with cough and wheeze, whil Zi Su Ye is used primarily to release the exterior. Su Geng regulates qi and expands chest.