CHEN PI (陈皮)

CHEN PI (陈皮)

Citri Reticulatae Pericarpium  (陈皮) is the dried ripe fruit of Citrus reticulata Blanco, family Rutaceae.

Other name 
Phio-Som-Chin (Thai name),Chenpi (Chinese name),Dried Tangerine Peel

Macroscopic character
Often peeled in several lobes connecting at the base, or in irregular slices. Outer surface orange-red or reddish-brown, with fine wrinkles and concave dotted cavity, inner surface pale yellowish-white, rough, bearing yellowish-white or yellowish-brown vein-like fibrous. Texture slightly hard and fragile. Odor, aromatic; taste, pungent and bitter.

Important cultivation area
Guangdong, Sichuan, Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan provinces and Chongqing municipality.

Processing method
Collect the peel of the ripe fruit, cut into pieces and dried in the sun or at a low temperature.


Traditional Chinese Medicine action
Bitter, pungent; warm. Enter lung and spleen channels. Regulate qi and fortify spleen, dry dampness and resolve phlegm. Distention and fullness in the epigastrium and abdomen, reduced food intake with vomiting and diarrhea, cough and profuse sputum.

Thai Traditional Medicine action
Unpalatable, aromatic. Reciped as Yaa-Hom formula. Used for dizziness, vertigo, flatulence.

Usage and dosage  3-10 g, decoction for oral use.

* Contraindication and precaution *



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