Auranti Fructus ( 枳壳 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Aurantii or Citri seu Ponciri

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Zhi Ke or Zhi Qiao

Common English Name

Bitter Orange

Part of Plant Used

Dried fruit after seeds have been removed


Mildly cold


Bitter, sour

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach

Common Usages

Most often used in formulas to treat symptoms of bloating and constipation due to food stagnation and indigestion; sometimes used for a stuffy sensation in the chest with yellow thick phlegm; also used for prolapse of the uterus, rectum, or stomach.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Disperses stagnated flow of vital Qi energy.

Common Formulas Used In

Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Use with caution if there is little or no Spleen or Stomach function.

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