Chen Pi - Invigorate QI
SP, ST, LU (3-9g)


Chen Pi the Chimpanzee that couldn't exercise....

Chen Pi the Chimpanzee grew up in the rainy swamp where there were very few good places to exercise. But he adapted, and learned to enjoy situps and meditating and jogging in place.

But Chen Pi was careful not to exercise too much when he had (cc: red tongue or hot dry phlegm or dry heat cough spitting blood d/t yin deficiency)

English Name: citrus peel, orange peel, tangerine peel
Pharmacuetical Name: Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae
Properties: acrid, bitter, warm

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
rainy swamp dries damp; dissolves phlegm
jogging in place helps prevent stagnation
situps regulates and supports SP/ST qi
rainy swamp phlegm and damp
meditating unbinds diaphragm and prevents stagnation


      Chen Pi Actions and Indications
  • Regulates SP and ST qi; Supports the SP (Middle Jiao qi stagnation and/or turbid damp: epigastric or abdominal distension, fullness, boating, belching, nausea and vomit, loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stool, thick, greasy tongue coat, also used to prevent cloying of tonifying herbs)
  • Dries dampness; Dissolves phlegm (damp phlegm cough with stifling sensation of chest and diaphragm; thick copious sputum; mild effect for bi)
  • (cc: caution with red tongue or w/ hot phlegm or dry heat cough, spitting blood due to yin deficiency)
    Special Notes:
  • Chen Pi, literally "aged peel" implies that the longer it is aged the stronger its function.
  • Chen pi takes on the properties of the herbs it is combined with (tonify, reduce, ascend, etc)
  • Qing Pi and Chen Pi are both warm and regulate qi and they are commonly used to harmonize LV, SP, and ST. Qing Pi is stronger on breaking qi stagnation and focuses on MJ/LJ while Chen Pi focuses on the UJ (chest and epigastriuim)

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