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Jue Ming Zi

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Name: Sickle-Pod Senna (決明子)

Pinyin: Jue Ming Zi

Pharm. Name: Semen Cassiae






Bitter, Sweet, Salty

Clear liver, improve vision and slightly relax the bowels.

Liver, Kidney, Large Intestine, GallBladder

9-15g, 3-6g (Powder)



The ripe seed of annual herb Cassia obtusifolia. Being bitter and cold, it can purge liver fire and improve vision by entering liver. Because it is not drasticly bitter and cold, and yet being sweet and moisture without concerns of damaging yin, it is a common herb for various eyes diseases, such as the eye diseases caused by liver fire, wind-heat, or liver deficiency. For blood-shot painful eyes, photophobia and lacrimation, nebula due to liver fire flaming up, it is combined with Che Qian ZiQing Xiang Zi for clearing liver and improve vision, such as Jue Ming San from Yi Zong Jin Jian. For its actions of laxation and relaxing the bowls, it is commonly combined with herbs of laxation such as Huo Ma RenGua Lou Ren, for constipation caused by internal heat and dryness.


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