Ting Li Zi


Ting Li Zi in TCM:

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

English Name: descurainia, lepidum
Pharmacuetical Name: Semen Descurainiae seu Lepidii
Properties: acrid, bitter, very cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LU, UB

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
clears heat, resolves water accumulations, resolves phlegm

Actions / Indications:
  • Drains LU heat; dissolves phlegm; calms wheezing (excess-type wheezing or coughing with copious sputum; gurgling in throat due to phlegm or LU heat)
  • Promotes urination; reduces edema (facial edema; edema and water retention in chest or abdomen with urinary difficulty due to stagnation of LU and UB qi)
  • (cc: caution with deficient patients)
  • (cc: cough or wheeze due to LU deficiency)
  • (cc: edema due to SP deficiency)

    Special Notes:
  • Ting Li Zi is known as the herb to purge large amounts of phlegm from the LU. Often used for fullness in chest with inability to lie down.
  • One of the recent clinical uses for Ting Li Zi is to treat congestive heart failure with dyspnea and edema.
  • Ting Li Zi is similar to Sang Bai Pi but stronger in function.