Hei Zhi Ma ( 黑芝麻 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Hei Zhi Mais the dried ripe seed of Sasamum Indicum DC, family Pedaliaceae

Main ingredients
Hei Zhi Ma contains fatty oils (including oleic, linoleic, palmitic. arachidic and stearic acids), α and, β-globulin, albumin, histidine, sesamin, sesamol, sesamolin, sitosterol. stigmasterol, glucose, galactose, fructose, sucrose, sesamose, vitamins B and E, and calcium.

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Taste: Sweet Nature: neutral

Channels entered
Liver and Kidney.

Functions and indications
Supplements and boosts the Essence and Blood, moistens dryness and lubricates the Intestines. It is indicated for premature graying, dizziness and blurred vision due to insufficiency of the Essence and Blood, for constipation due to Blood deficiency and depletion of body fluids, and for headaches, ringing in the ears and shortage of milk secretion in women due to liver-kidneys deficiency.

Common dosage
10-30g; generally stir-fried for internal use.

Precautions and contraindications
Hei Zhi Ma is contraindicated for patients with loose stool and diarrhoea due to Spleen deficiency.

The seeds of Hei Zhi Ma can cause diarrhea. This herb should be stir-fried before internal use; ie has been reported that int3ke of large dosages of raw Hti Zhi Ma resulted in patial obstruction of the intestines.

Hei Zhi Ma can tonify and nourish the liver and t he kidneys. It is an effective herb for blurred vision and dizziness. ringing in the ears and numbness of the arms and legs. It is associated with yin deficiency of the liver and the kidneys

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