Su Zi - Purple Perilla Fruit

TCM Materia Medica

Su Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "su zi" which in english is Su Zi herb"purple perilla fruit", is categorized within the "herbs that relieve coughing and wheezing" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine and lung channels and exhibits acrid 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: 4.5-9g

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

  • Stops coughing and wheezing, redirects the qi down, dissolves phlegm - cough and wheezing w/copious phlegm, especially for difficult exhalation, stifling sensation in the chest.
  • Moistens the intestines - constipation due to dry intestines.

Su Zi may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: constipation and/or cough

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, su zi is generally included in the following 1 formula:

ViewSu Zi Jiang Qi Wan (Perilla Fruit Pill to Direct Qi Downward)

Cough with watery, copious sputum, breathing issues such as wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath (particularly difficulty inhaling), chest oppression.  Possibly signs of kidney qi/yang deficiency …

As noted above, su zi is within the herbs that relieve coughing and wheezing functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... generally useful for symptoms involving coughing and wheezing. often combined with other herbs to treat the overall pattern (root). )".

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