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Ting Li Zi

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Name: Lepidium Seed (葶藶子)

Pinyin: Ting Li Zi

Pharm. Name: Semen Lepidium seu Descurainia 

Properties:

Taste

Characteristics

Organs

Dosage

Acrid, Bitter

Drains the Lungs, reduces Phlegm and calms wheezing, Circulates water, and reduces edema

Lung
Bladder
Large Intestine

3-10g

 

Description:

This herb is bitter and cold in property and with actions of descending, purging, dispersing, and clearing heat, it is the key herb for cough and dyspnea with lung heat and phlegm. It excels at purging lungs to relieve dyspnea. It is indicated for phlegm congestion in lung to the disorder of purifying and descending of the lung with symptoms of cough and dyspnea, fullness sensation in the chest, unable to lie down. Also, It is suitable for edema, pleural and peritoneal fluid, and dysuria due to obstruction of lung qi, disturbance in the functioning of qi, imperforation of fluid passage. For peritoneal fluid due to damp-heat, it is combined with Fang Ji, Jiao Mu, and Da Huang, etc. in Fang Ji Jiao Mu Ting Li Da Huang Wan to increase the action of inducing diuresis. 

 

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