Qing Pi - Green Tangerine Peel

TCM Materia Medica

Qing Pi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "qing pi" which in english is "green tangerine peel", is categorized within the "herbs that regulate the qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder, liver and stomach channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) 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:

  • Spreads liver Qi and breaks up stagnation - liver Qi stagnation symptoms such as distention and pain in the chest, breast, and/or hypochondriac regions; hernial pain.
  • Reduces food stagnation - pain in the epigastrium.
  • Dries dampness and transforms phlegm - malarial disorders w/phlegm, dampness, and breast abscesses.
  • Raises blood pressure.

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

ViewPing Gan Liu Qi Yin Wan (Dang Gui And Pinellia Combination)

Liver qi stagnation with blood deficiency heat - signs of heat, red eyes, possibly anxiety and/or irritability, etc. along with digestive issues such as gastritis, cirrhosis, cholecystitis, hernia.…

ViewQing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan (Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi)

Please note that there are two formulas with the same name but slightly different compositions.  One is from Wang's Wen Re Jing Wei and tonifies the yin more strongly, the other (which is the one dis…

As noted above, qing pi is within the herbs that regulate the qi functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... used with qi disorders involving deficiency and stagnation. these herbs are primarily used for stagnation involving the spleen and stomach, constrained liver qi, and stagnant lung qi. )".

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