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Peppermint

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Chinese Name Bohe
Latin Herba Menthae
English Name Peppermint
Key Characteristics Acrid-warm herb that releases the exterior
Source Dried aerial part of Mentha haplocalyx Briq.(Fam. Labiatae)
Property, Flavor and Meridians Entered Acrid, cool; Lung, Liver
Actions

To disperse wind-heat, clear the head and eyes, ease throat problems and promote eruptions

Indications

Common cold due to wind-heat, headache, bloodshot eyes, sore throat, aphtha, rubella, measles, discomfort and distension in the chest and hypochondriac regions, in addition, used for stomachache, acute conjunctivitis, acute mastitis and chronic urticaria

Special Usage

Added later when the decoction is half done. Its leafs usually acts to induce sweating and release the exterior, and its stalk acts to activate qi and harmonize the middle.

Precaution It is not suggested to give to debilitated patients who sweat frequently from deficiency
Chemical Composition

It mainly contains volatile oil.

   



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