TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "hei zhi ma" which in english is "black sesame seeds", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yin" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits neutral (ping) and sweet (gan) 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
Hei Zhi Ma has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, hei zhi ma is generally included in the following 2 formulas:
As noted above, hei zhi ma is within the herbs that tonify yin functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
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