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English Name: schizonepeta
Pharmaceutical name: Herba Schizonepetae
Medica Category: Wind-Cold Releasing Herbs
Properties: Jing Jie enters the Lung and Liver channels; it is acrid in nature and slightly warm in temperature.
The Chinese Herb Jing Jie comes from a flowering plant resembling a thistle. Schizonepeta tenuifolia is the genus and species used medicinally; the aerial parts are harvested in late autumn/early and dried before being used.
Jing Jie is used in formula to release the exterior in cases of either Wind-Cold or Wind-Heat. It also has the related but separate function of dispelling wind, which makes it appropriate to address muscle spasms as well as for venting rashes and alleviating itching.
In its charred form, Jing Jie can be used to stop bleeding.
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