Zhi Ke


Zhi Ke in TCM:

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


English Name: aurantium fruit, bitter orange
Pharmacuetical Name: Fructus Aurantii
Properties: bitter, acrid, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: LI, ST, SP

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
circulates qi, resolves food stagnation

Actions / Indications:
  • Breaks up stagnant Qi; reduce distension and bloating (eliminates food stagnations, chest distension, skin itching, abdominal distension. Zhi Shi is especially appropriate when patient is weak or deficient)
  • (cc: pregnancy)

    Special Notes:
  • Zhi Ke and Zhi Shi are similar but not interchangeable. Zhi Shi is more suitable for severe cases because it is more potent, while Zhi Ke is more gentle. Zhi ke is ripe while Zhi Shi is the whole unripened fruit and stronger in action. Remember: Zhi Shi's inertia is more powerful than any circus clown.