Perilla Leaf ( 紫苏叶 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Perillae Frutescentis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Zi Su Ye

Common English Name

Perilla Leaf

Part of Plant Used





Acrid, aromatic

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Spleen

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat asthma, especially where there is a weak constitution leading to digestive disturbances that include belching, sneezing, weak coughing, and phlegm; also used to prevent miscarriage and to treat morning sickness, especially with belching.

Traditional Usages and Functions

Releases exterior and disperses cold; circulates Qi and harmonizes Middle Burner; calms fetus; alleviates seafood poisoning.

Common Formulas Used In


Processing Required




Cautions in Use

Do not use where there is an exterior deficiency condition with excess sweating, or where there are damp-heat imbalances.

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