Hua Jiao (aka Chuan Jiao) - Warm Interior and Expel Cold
SP, ST, KD (1.5-6g)


Hua Jiao (Flower Jelly Belly - the Bully)

When Flower Jelly Belly felt cold pain in the MJ she would blame painful parasites for making her itch when it rained.

Flower Jelly found out she was pregnant (cc: pregnancy) she had sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency with heat).

English Name: Husk of Szechuan Pepper, Chinese prickly-ash
Pharmacuetical Name: Pericarpium Zanthoxylum bungeanum
Properties: acrid, hot

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
cold pain in MJ warms the middle jiao; disperses cold; alleviates pain
painful parasites kills parasites; alleviates abdominal pain
dry itch when it rained relieves itch... dries damp


      Hua Jiao Actions and Indications
  • Warms the middle jiao, disperses cold, alleviates pain (exogenous cold invasion with cold and pain in abdomen or epigastric area, vomiting, diarrhea, tooth pain)
  • Kills parasites; alleviates abdominal pain (auxiliary herb for abdominal pain due to roundworms; also enema for children's pinworms)
  • Dry damp; relieves itch (prurits, external use for eczema; to elieve itch of skin and genitals)
  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat sign)
    Alternate Forms:
  • Jiao Mu (Semen Zanthoxylum bungeanum)- bitter, cold; KD, UB, LI; promotes urination, reduces edema, redirects qi to calm wheezing; 3-10g
    Special Notes:
  • Do not confuse with Hu Jiao - which is a different herb in the same category.
  • A 300mg capsule of ground Hua Jiao taken 3x daily was shown to be 93.9% effective to stop lactation after child birth.
  • Hua Jiao can be used alone as a compress directly over the area of pain.

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