White Mustard Seed (Baijiezi)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Semen Sinapsis seu Brassicae|
|Botanical Name:||Sinapis Alba (L.) Boiss.
Brassica Juncea (L.) Czern. Et Coss
|Common Name:||Brassica Seed
White Mustard Seed
|Source of Earliest Record:||Mingyi Bielu|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||After the white-mustard ripens in summer or autumn, the seeds are gathered and dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent and warm|
|Functions:||To warm the lungs and resolve phlegm
To invigorate qi circulation and disperse nodules
To open the channels and stop pain
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Lungs blocked by cold-phlegm manifested as cough with profuse, dilute and white sputum and stifling sensation in the chest.
*Use with Perilla seed (Suzi) and Radish seed (Laifuzi) in the formula Sanzi Yangqing Tang.
2. Retention of phlegm-damp in the chest and diaphragm manifested as distension and pain in the chest and hypochondriac region.
*Use with Kansui root (Gansui) and Peking spurge root (Daji).
3. Channels and collaterals obstructed by phlegm-damp manifested as joint pain and numbness of the limbs.
*Use with Myrrh (Moyao) and Costus root (Muxiang).
4. Yin carbuncles and swellings without discoloration of the skin.
*Use with Antler glue (Lujiaojiao), Cinnamon bark (Rougui) and Prepared rehmannia root (Shudihuang) in the formula Yanghe Tang.