Botanical Name: Schizonopetae Herba

Category: Warm, Acrid herbs that Release the Exterior

Jing Jie

Jing Jie

 Taste: Acrid
Temperature: Slightly Warm

Channels Entered: Lung, Liver

Dosage: 4.5-9g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated with deficiency of the exterior, fully erupted measles or open sores, or an absence of pathogenic wind.

Actions & Indications:

  • Releases the exterior and dispels wind: for exterior patterns of either wind-cold or wind-heat (depending on the herbs with which it is combined). Also for carbuncles or boils when they first erupt, especially when accompanied by chills and fever.
  • Vents rashes and alleviates itching: for the initial stage of measles and pruritic skin eruptions.
  • Stops bleeding: as an auxiliary herb for hemorrhage, e.g. blood in the stool or uterine bleeding. Best used charred for this action, as in Huai Hua San.


Jing Jie

Jing Jie

  • Fang Feng, Qiang Huo: external wind-cold with neck stiffness and occipital headache.
  • Dang Gui: blood deficiency allowing wind to invade the skin and muscle layers causing rashes.


  • Huai Hua San


  • This herb is mild in action, is gentle to the yin, and is not drying.
  • Can treat spasms due to internally generated Liver wind.
  • It is recommended that fish, crab, goose, and duck are avoided while taking this herb as it may increase itching.
  • Skin problems caused by wind in the exterior include raised red rashes, dermatitis, and measles.  Can be used powdered topically for this purpose.