Qing Xiang Zi - Celosia Seeds

TCM Materia Medica

Qing Xiang Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "qing xiang zi" which in english is "celosia seeds", is categorized within the "herbs that drain fire" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver channels and exhibits cool 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:

  • Dosage: 3-15g

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

  • Drains liver fire, clears wind heat, improves vision - either wind-heat or liver fire causing red, painful eyes, superficial visual obstruction, and cataracts (stronger effect than Mi Meng Hua for excess fire).
  • Impaired, blurred vision - combine with Jue Ming Zi and Mi Meng Hua.
  • Hypertension due to liver yang rising.

Qing Xiang Zi has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid in patients with glaucoma.
  • Avoid with liver and/or kidney deficiency.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding qing xiang zi:

As noted above, qing xiang zi is within the herbs that drain fire functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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