Ting Li Zi - Descurainia Seeds

TCM Materia Medica

Ting Li Zi TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "ting li zi" which in english is "descurainia seeds", is categorized within the "herbs that relieve coughing and wheezing" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung and urinary bladder channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and cold (han) 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:

  • Drains lung heat, reduces phlegm, calms wheezing - excess type wheezing and coughing with excess sputum and gurgling sound in the throat.
  • Moves water, reduces edema - facial edema, fluid accumulation in the chest and abdomen, urinary difficulty.

As noted above, ting li 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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