What Is Jing Jie (Schizonepeta Tenuifolia)

Jing Jie is also known as Schizonepeta tenuifolia, which is an annual plant belonging to the Labiatae. It is a natural cold medicine with a medicinal history of more than 2300 years.

This plant is widely distributed and can be found in some countries in Asia and Europe.

In the autumn and early winter of each year, people gather the above-ground part of Schizonepeta, remove their impurities, dry them in the shady, cut them into segments, stir-fry them, and make them into Chinese herbs.

The best Jing Jie is light yellow-green with a strong aroma. It contains volatile oils, which contain d-menthone, r-menthone, and d-limonene.

According to <Shennong Ben Cao Jing>, the medicinal property of Jing Jie is relatively warm, with a pungent taste. It has a certain therapeutic effect on the pathological changes of the lung and liver meridians.

In Chinese medicine, Jing Jie is often used to treat colds, headaches, sore throats, eye diseases, and skin diseases.

There are about 200 kinds of traditional Chinese medicine formulas containing Jing Jie, such as Yin Qiao San, Bi Yan Pian, and Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan.

Health benefits of Jing Jie

  • Anti-inflammation, anti-pathogen, and anti-oxidation.
  • improving blood circulation, promoting sweat gland secretion and eruptions.
  • Relieving epistaxis, hematemesis, hematochezia, metrorrhagia and having the effect of hemostasis.
  • Relieving the collapse, shock or amniotic fluid embolism caused by postpartum hemorrhage.
  • Relieving skin itch and treating skin ulcers.
  • Treating laryngitis and tonsillitis.
  • Treating fever, headache, dizziness, and sore throat caused by colds.
  • Inhibiting staphylococcus aureus, escherichia coli, corynebacterium diphtheria, typhoid bacillus, Shigella, blue aeruginosa, and mycobacterium tuberculosis.
  • The study found that it has the effect of eliminating phlegm and asthma.

Jing Jie is used with other Chinese herbs

  • It has many different compatibilities. It can be used with Fang Feng (Radix Saposhnikoviae) and Qiang Huo (Notopterygium Rhizome) for treating wind-cold, and with Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle Flower), Bo He (Mentha), and Jie Geng (Radix Platycodi) for treating wind-heat.
  • Jing Jie with Bai Fan (Alumen) can eliminate phlegm and treat epilepsy.
  • Jing Jie with Lian Qiao (Fructus Forsythiae) and Niu Bang Zi (Fructus Arctii) can clear heat and detoxify.
  • Jing Jie with Jie Geng (Radix Platycodi) and Gan Cao (Licorice Root) can treat sore throat and foreign body sensation of the pharynx.
  • Jing Jie with Sheng Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae) and Mu Dan Pi (Cortex Moutan) can treat postpartum blood deficiency.

Side effects of Jing Jie

Its stems and leaves can be eaten as vegetables with almost no side effects. Excessive use of it may cause dry mouth.

A small number of people taking it may have chest tightness, irritability, itching, skin flushing, abdominal pain, diarrhea and other allergic reactions.

Precaution of Jing Jie

  • The dosage of Jing Jie should be controlled between 5-9 g.
  • It can be made into a decoction or ground into powder for external use.
  • People with exterior deficiency or yin deficiency should not take it.
  • It should not be eaten with fish and donkey meat.