Chuan Jiao - Szechuan Pepper

TCM Materia Medica

Chuan Jiao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "chuan jiao" which in english is "szechuan pepper", is categorized within the "herbs that warm the interior and expel cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, spleen and stomach channels and exhibits acrid and hot (re) 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: 1.5-6g

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

  • Warms the middle warmer, disperses cold, alleviates abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea - spleen or stomach cold from deficiency patterns.
  • Abdominal pain due to roundworms (auxiliary herb).

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

ViewWu Mei Wan (Mume Fruit Pill)

Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet.   Chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterize…

As noted above, chuan jiao is within the herbs that warm the interior and expel cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... used to treat internal cold - either internally generated or from an opportunistic infection (opi). cold from deficiency patterns - cold limbs, fear of cold, pallid complexion, lack of thirst but desire for hot drinks, loose stools, white…)".

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