Jing Jie - Schizonepeta Stem

TCM Materia Medica

Jing Jie TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "jing jie" which in english is Jing Jie herb"schizonepeta stem", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and lung channels and exhibits acrid, aromatic 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:

  • Expels wind and releases the exterior - useful for either wind-cold or wind-heat
  • Useful for boils, carbuncles, etc. in the initial stages
  • Resolve itching (wind-heat in the blood level), may be used topically
  • Stops bleeding, blood in stool (secondary herb), uterine bleeding

Jing Jie has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in measles and/or w/open sores
  • Caution with exterior deficiency
  • Avoid with liver wind patterns

Jing Jie may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: furuncles (boils), itching and/or uterine bleeding

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, jing jie is generally included in the following 8 formulas:

ViewBi Yan Wan (Nose Inflammation Tablets)

For acute or chronic rhinitis resulting from the combination of lung qi deficiency and phlegm accumulation. Runny nose, sneezing, congestion due to phlegm. Can be used to treat for general cold or …

ViewChuan Xiong Cha Tiao Wan (Ligusticum Tea Pills)

Headaches, primarily from wind-cold (but used with wind-heat/wind-damp), with neck stiffness, muscle aches and/or nasal discharge. In certain cases may be useful for migraines, frequent headaches - …

ViewDan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction)

Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood deficiency - eczema (particularly dry and flaky), hives  (urticaria), neurodermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin, itchy skin that is generally worse at…

ViewFang Feng Tong Sheng Wan (Ledebouriella Pills to Sagely Unblock)

High fever with aversion to cold. Thick phlegm that may be both in sinus and chest. Vertigo or dizziness that is caused by excess heat. Rashes, carbuncles, and other types of skin disorders that…

ViewHuai Hua Wan (Sophora Flower Formula)

Hemorrhoids and/or anal fissures, bleeding from the anus (fresh blood in most cases). Ulcerative colitis. Rectal polyps. Rectal prolapse.

ViewJing Fang Bai Du Wan (Schizonepeta and Siler Powder to Overcome Pathogenic Influences)

Early stages of disease arising from wind cold damp - common cold, flu, bronchitis, mumps. Early stages of skin diseases - boils, carbuncles, eczema, dermatitis with the right underlying factors. M…

ViewXiao Feng Wan (Clear Wind Pill)

Itchy and red skin lesions, possibly with weeping -psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc. Topical allergic response, dermatitis -poison ivy, oak, sumac. Acute [allergic] edema in the limbs.  

ViewYin Qiao Wan (Honeysuckle and Forsythia Formula)

Common cold or flu presenting with fever w/slight or no chills, headache, desire for fluids, cough, sore throat. Acute respitory infections, acute fever, tonsillitis, canker sores.

As noted above, jing jie is within the herbs that release the exterior wind cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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