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Bi Cheng Qie

Bi Cheng Qie
Bi Cheng Qie #

Naming

Bi Cheng Qie (Fructus Litseae)——Lei Gong Pao Zhi Lun (Lei’s Treaties on Preparation of Drugs)

  1. Mountain Spicy Tree Fruit
  2. 毕澄茄
  3. 荜澄茄
  4. Fructus Litseae

The Processing of Bi Cheng Qie

Origin

The mature fruit of Litsea cubeba (Lour.) Pers.

Location

Guangxi, Guangdong and Hunan provinces in China.

Harvest

Collected in autumn when the fruits are ripe.

The true smell and taste

Fragrant, pungent and bitter.

Best quality

Dry, big, heavy oily, with thick fragrance.

Processing

Unprocessed.

The Effect of Bi Cheng Qie

Property

Pungent, warm; spleen and stomach meridians entered.

Actions

Warm middle energizer, alleviate pain and arrest vomiting.

Indications

A. Stomach cold and abdominal pain

It has the actions of warming middle energizer, alleviating pain and arresting vomiting. For stomach cold and gastroabdominal cold pain, it can be used alone or combined with other middle-energizer-warming analgesics. For instance it is combined with Gao Liang Jiang and Rou Gui in Bi Cheng Qie Wan.

B. Vomiting and hiccup

It can promote flow of qi and check the adverse rise of qi to arrest vomiting and stop hiccup. It is usually combined with the middle-energizer-warming and vomiting-arresting herbs such as Bai Dou Kou, Ban Xia and Ding Xiang.

In addition, it also can warm kidney and dispel cold from bladder. For dysuria due to deficiency-cold of lower energizer, or colic of cold type with abdominal pain due to cold-damp accumulation, it is combined with the interior-warming and cold-dispersing herbs such as Wu Yao and Xiao Hui Xiang.

Dosage and Administrations

Decoct l.5~3 g.