Jue Ming Zi (Semen Cassiae) is the ripe seed of Cassia obtusifola L. or C. tora., family Leguminosae. It is produced widely across China, with the medicinal material being mainly collected in the autumn and dried in the sun. It is used in this unprocessed form or after stir-baking.
Category: Heat Clearing – Fire Purging.
Common Name: Cassia Seeds.
Channels Entered: Liver and Large Intestine.
Properties and Functions: Jue Ming Zi is sweet and bitter in flavour, and slightly cold in nature. It functions to clear Liver-Fire to improve eyesight and also to moisten the intestines to relax the bowels.
Indications: Clincal indications for use include:
- Liver-Heat or Wind-Heat syndrome with redness, swelling and pain of the eyes.
- Liver-Yin and Kidney-Yin deficiency syndrome with blurred vision.
- Hyperactive Liver-Yang with hypertension, headaches and dizziness.
- Constipation due to dryness of the intestines.
Dosage: 10 – 15g
Cautions and Contra-Indications: Not suitable for patients with diarrhoea due to Spleen Qi deficiency or those with blood pressure.