Cassia Seed (Juemingzi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Semen sennae|
|Botanical Name:||Cassia angustifolia Vahl
Cassia acutifolia Delile
|Common Name:||Foetid Cassia seed|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The seeds are gathered in autumn and dried in the sun.
|Properties and Taste:||Sweet, bitter and slightly cold|
|Meridian:||Liver and large intestine|
|Functions:||To clear heat in the liver and brighten the eyes
To dispel wind and clear heat
To moisten the intestines and move feces
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Upward disturbance of liver fire or invasion of exogenous wind and heat manifested as red, swollen and painful eyes and photophobia.
*Use with Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua). Mulberry leaf (Sangye), Capejasmine (Zhizi) and Prunella spike (Xiakucao).
2. Constipation due to dryness in the intestines.
3. Hyperactivity of liver yang manifested as dizziness, vertigo and blurred vision.
*Use with Uncaria stem (Gouteng) and raw Oyster shell (Muli).
4. Deficient yin of the liver and kidneys manifested as blurred vision and cataracts.
*Use with Flattened milkvetch seed (Shayuanzi), Tribulus fruit (Baijili), Grossy privet fruit (Nuzhenzi) and Wolfberry fruit (Gouqizi).