Botanical Name: Sesami Semen nigrum

Hei Zhi Ma

Hei Zhi Ma

Category: Tonify the Yin

Taste: Sweet

Temperature: Neutral

Channels Entered: Kidney, Liver, Large Intestine

Dosage: 9-30g

Key Characteristics: Tonifies the Liver and Kidneys, augments the yin and blood, and lubricates the Intestines.

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated in those with diarrhea due to Spleen deficiency.

Actions & Indications:

  • Nourishes and fortifies the Liver and Kidneys: for yin deficiency of the Liver and Kidneys with such symptoms as blurred vision, tinnitus, and dizziness. Also used to help patients recover from severe illnesses and to increase the quantity of breast milk.
  • Nourishes the blood and extinguishes wind: for headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency. Particularly useful for dizziness that worsens with activity.
  • Moistens and lubricates the Intestines: for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.