Citrus Peel - Aged ( 陈皮 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Citri Reticulatae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Chen Pi

Common English Name

Tangerine Peel

Part of Plant Used

Fruit peel




Acrid, bitter, aromatic

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach, Lungs

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat indigestion or poor digestion by enhancing internal metabolism, promoting proper movement of food through system, moving food downward, and transforming phlegm. It is also used in many formulas to negate other herbs' secondary effect of slowing down metabolism when such an effect is not desired.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Moves Qi and strengthens Spleen; dries dampness and transforms phlegm; directs Qi downward and stops vomiting; helps prevent stagnation.

Common Formulas Used In

Agastache; Bupleurum, Inula, and Cyperus; Citrus and Pinellia; Clematis and Stephania; Fritallaria Extract Tablet; Ginseng and Astragaluls; Major Six Herbs.

Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use this herb where there is a dry cough from deficient Yin or Qi. Use cautiously where there are heat signs such as expectoration of phlegm, or where there is thick yellow or green phlegm with coughing.

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