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Zao Jiao

The Effect of Zao Jiao


Pungent, salty, warm, slightly toxic; lung and large intestine meridians entered.


Dispel phlegm, open orifice and blockage, dispel wind and kill worms.


Stubborn phlegm obstruction of lung, cough and dyspnea with profuse phlegm, apoplexy, phlegm syncope, epilepsy, inflammation of throat with excessive phlegm, sore and swelling not ulcerated, skin tinea.

Dosage and Administrations

Mostly made into pill and powder and take l~l.5 g. A suitable dose for external application.


Do not overuse orally to avoid vomiting and diarrhea. It has drastic pungent, strong property of pungent, distracting and moving and use with cautions for stubborn syndrome and strong body. Prohibited for pregnant women, qi and yin deficiency and who tends to bleed.