Zi Zhu - Callicarpa Leaf

TCM Materia Medica

Zi Zhu TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "zi zhu" which in english is "callicarpa leaf", is categorized within the "herbs that stop bleeding" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, lung and spleen channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and neutral (ping) 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: 15-30g

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

  • Stops bleeding, both internally and externally - particularly useful for blood in the urine.
  • Treatment of burns and sores.

As noted above, zi zhu is within the herbs that stop bleeding functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... useful for uterine bleeding, excess menses, bleeding from trauma, vomiting of blood, nose bleeds, and blood in the urine. )".

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