Botanical Name: Perilliae Folium

Zi Su Ye

Zi Su Ye

Category: Warm, Acrid, Release the Exterior

Taste: Acrid, Aromatic
Temperature: Warm
Channels Entered: Lung, Spleen 

Dosage: 5-9g

Cautions & Contraindications:

  • Contraindicated in those with warm pathogen disease, or with qi and exterior deficiency

Actions & Indications:

Zi Su Ye

Zi Su Ye

  • Releases the exterior and disperses cold: for externally contracted wind-cold with such symptoms as fever, chills, headache, nasal congestion, cough, or stifling sensation in the chest, as in Xing Su San and Xiang Su San.
  • Promotes the movement of qi and expands the chest: for nausea, vomiting, or poor appetite, as in Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San. Also used as an auxilary herb to invigorate the blood.
  • Use during pregnancy: for calming a restless fetus, or for morning sickness.
  • Resolves seafood poisoning: used either alone or with other herbs.


  • Huo Xiang
  • Xing Ren: cough
  • Sha Ren, Chen Pi: restless fetus caused by stagnant qi.
  • Sheng Jiang: nausea & vomiting, especially due to seafood poisoning.
  • Huang Lian: for morning sickness and irritability during pregnancy, or whenever middle Jiao stagnation tends toward heat.


  • Huo Xiang Chen Qi Tang: for ‘tourista’
  • Xing Su San
  • Xiang Su San


  • Directs the Qi downwards and vents the Lung qi to treat cough.
  • Not to be used for vomiting due to heat.