TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "zhi ke" which in english is "ripe fruit of zhi shi", is categorized within the "herbs that regulate the qi" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the spleen and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and cool 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, zhi ke is generally included in the following 5 formulas:
As noted above, zhi ke 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…)".