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Qing Pi

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Name: Green Tangerine Peel (青皮)

Pinyin: Qing Pi

Pharm. Name: Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae Viridae






Acrid, Bitter

Move qi and soothe liver, break qi and resolve stagnation.

Gall Bladder, Liver, Stomach




The immature fruit or the pericarp of evergreen small arbor Citrus reticulata Blanco. It has strong actions of promoting the flow of qi and soothing liver, breaking qi, and dissipating nodulation, so it is indicated for the treatment of syndrome of liver depression and qi stagnation. For liver qi stagnation due to emotional depression or failure of the liver to convey and disperse due to violent rage manifested as distending pain in the hypochondrium, it is usually combined with the qi-moving and liver-soothing herbs. It also has the actions of moving qi and resolving stagnation, harmonizing the stomach, and alleviating pain. So it is indicated for abdominal pain due to qi stagnation or food retention. For abdominal pain due to qi stagnation, it is usually combined with the qi-moving and pain-alleviating herbs. For instance, it is combined with Da Fu Pi in Qing Pi San from Zheng Yin Mai Zhi (Treatment on Symptom-pathogen-pulse).


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