Pinyin: jie zi (chao)
ENGLISH NAME: mustard seed (Stir Fried)
LATIN NAME: Stir Fried Sinapis Semen
Properties: acrid, warm
Channels Entered: Lung
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. W arms the Lung, Dispels Phlegm
2. Regulates Qi, Dissipates Nodules, Opens Channels and Collaterals, Relieves Pain
3 to 10 grams as herbal decoction. Mix Bai Jie Zi powder with vinegar for topical application. Use of unprocessed Bai Jie Zi, which is acrid and warm, is sometimes associated with excessive consumption of qi and yin in the body. To minimize this side effect, the herb should be dry-fried. In addition, dry-frying facilitates the extraction of active components. Bai ]ie Zi should be decocted towards the end or at the close of cooking, to avoid deactivation of its active constituents.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Acrid and dispersing, Bai Jie Zi is contraindicated in patients with chronic coughing from Lung deficiency, yin-deficient fire, or excess Stomach fire.
• Overdose of Bai Jie Zi may cause diarrhea. When this herb comes in contact with water, hydrogen sulfide is produced, which can stimulate increased peristalsis, resulting in diarrhea.
• Topical application of Bai Jie Zi is irritating to the skin and may cause allergic reactions or blisters. It should be kept away from the eyes and used with caution for patients with sensitive skin.