Chen Pi (Orange Peel, Citrus Peel, Tangerine Peel)

Chen Pi (Orange Peel, Citrus Peel, Tangerine Peel)

Herb 1 of 19 in Herbs that Regulate the Qi

Warm Chen Pi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae)
Spicy, Bitter, Warm, Aromatic
Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
Tone Marks:
chén pí
Alt Names:
Ju Pi, Guang Chen Pi, Xin Hui Pi
Aged Peel
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Regulates Qi and Harmonizes the Middle Jiao (SP/ST)
    For Spleen and Stomach Qi stagnation with symptoms such as nausea and vomiting due to rebellious Stomach Qi, fullness, distention, or bloating in the abdominal or epigastric region, stomach ache, belching, and poor appetite.
  • Dries Dampness and Dissolves Phlegm
    For accumulation of Phlegm and Damp in the Middle Jiao (Spleen and Stomach) with symptoms such as fatigue, low appetite, loose stool, diarrhea, abdominal fullness, chest oppression, and a greasy think tongue coating.
  • Dissolves Phlegm and Stops Cough
    For accumulation of phlegm and Qi in the Lungs due to a weakness of the Spleen's transforming function with symptoms such as cough with profuse phlegm, wheezing, dyspnea, and stifling sensation in the chest.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Use with caution in cases with excess internal heat, fluid deficiency, and in cases with cough due to Qi or Yin Deficiency.

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-9 grams

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Chen Pi helps to prevent stagnation in tonifying formulas by balancing the cloying nature of other herbs.
  • This herb is especially useful for Qi disorders involving both the Lung and Spleen Channels.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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