Bai Jie Zi - White Mustard Seed

TCM Materia Medica

Bai Jie Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "bai jie zi" which in english is "white mustard seed", is categorized within the "herbs that transform phlegm cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung channels and exhibits acrid and warm (wen) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 3-9g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Warms the lungs, regulates qi, expels cold-phlegm - cough with copious and thin sputum, chest distention, pain due to accumulation of phlegm-cold, especially for chronic disorders.
  • Dissipates nodules, reduces swelling, alleviates pain (both joint and body), yin type boils.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, bai jie zi is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewEr Chen He San Zi Yang Qin Wan (Two Aged Herbs & Three Seeds Nursing Pills)

Modified version of er chen wan - formula for clearing phlegm in both acute and chronic cases - seasonal colds and flus with phlegm, chronic wet cough, sinus issues and more physical signs such as di…

As noted above, bai jie zi is within the herbs that transform phlegm cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for phlegm-cold or phlegm-dampness patterns. most of these herbs are quite strong and many are toxic. )".

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