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Hei Zhi Ma (Black Sesame Seeds)

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Neutral Hei Zhi Ma (black Semen Sesame Indici)
Sweet, Neutral
black Semen Sesame Indici
Tone Marks:
hēi zhī ma
Alt Names:
Hu Ma Ren, Ju Sheng Zi, Zi Ma


  • Tonifies Liver and Kidneys, Tonifies Jing and Blood
    For blurred vision, dizziness, tinnitus, premature graying hair, recovery from long term illness, and increase breast milk production. Also for headaches and numbness due to blood or Yin deficiency

  • Lubricates the Intestines, Moistens Dryness
    For constipation or dry stools due to lack of Yin or Blood

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do Not use in cases of diarrhea due to Spleen Deficiency
  • Use with caution in cases with toothache due to Fire Rising

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • None Noted.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • Overdose may lead to loose stools and diarrhea.
  • Possible allergic reactions include asthma, prutitus, urticaria, cough, sweating, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, sneezing, and itchy troat.


  • 10-30 grams in decoction 12
  • 9-30 grams in decoction 13


  • The oil of Hei Zhi Ma (sesame oil) can be used topically for acute burns.
  • Crushed Hei Zhi Ma can be used topically for insect bites and sores.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas: