Zao Jiao Ci - Spine of Honeylocust Plant

TCM Materia Medica

Zao Jiao Ci TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "zao jiao ci" which in english is Zao Jiao Ci herb"spine of honeylocust plant", is categorized within the "herbs that transform phlegm cold" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver and stomach 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: 3-6g

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

  • Reduces swellings, discharges pus, invigorates blood, reduces abscesses - for early stages of swollen sores to encourage suppuration or to burst.
  • Expels wind, kills parasites - leprosy and ringworm.

Zao Jiao Ci has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid during Pregnancy.
  • Do not use with ulcers that have already burst.

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

ViewXian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan (Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life)

Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins - sores, carbuncles, boils, styes, acne.  Swollen and painful skin lesions with other heat signs (chills/fever).  Breast abscesses, mastitis…

As noted above, zao jiao ci is within the herbs that transform phlegm cold functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for phlegm-cold or phlegm-dampness patterns. most of these herbs are quite strong and many are toxic. )".

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