Pinyin: zhi qiao (fu chao)
ENGLISH NAME: Bitter Orange (Stir Fried)
LATIN NAME: Stir Fried Aurantii Fructus With Bran
Properties: bitter, acrid, cool
Channels Entered: Spleen, Stomach, Large Intestine
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Relieves Distention
2. Breaks Up Stagnant Qi, Resolves Accumulation
3 to 10 grams. Dry-frying Zhi Ke reduces its drying tendencies.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Zhi Ke should be used with caution during pregnancy.
• Zhi Ke should be used with caution in cases of Spleen and Stomach deficiencies.
• Zhi Ke should be used with caution in patients who have gastric or duodenal ulcers, because the acidity of this herb may irritate the gastrointestinal tract. 1