Man Jing Zi - Vitex Fruit Seed

TCM Materia Medica

Man Jing Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "man jing zi" which in english is Man Jing Zi herb"vitex fruit seed", is categorized within the "herbs that release the exterior wind heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, stomach and urinary bladder channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and cool 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: 6-12g

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

  • Disperses wind, clears heat - wind-heat especially with headache or eye pain.
  • Wind-heat in the liver channel - excessive tearing, red-painful-swollen eyes, floaters.
  • Drains damp, expels wind - supporting herb for stiff, numb, cramping, and/or heavy limbs.

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

  • Avoid in cases of Stomach Qi Deficiency.
  • Avoid in headaches or eye problems that arise from yin/blood deficient heat.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding man jing zi:

  • Similar to Qing Xiang Zi and Mi Meng Hua in clearing wind-heat but stronger in expelling wind (pungent nature) - for eye issues involving OPI.
  • Sheng (unprepared) for dispersing wind/heat and stopping pain; Chao (dry-fried, more common) for headaches involving eyes, watery or blurry eyes.

Man Jing Zi may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: headache

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, man jing zi is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

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

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