Jue Ming Zi commonly known as Cao Jue Ming, Semen Cassiae or Cassia Seed is the mature seed of Cassia obtusifolia or Cassia tora, which are annual herb belonging to Leguminosae. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years.
Cassia obtusifolia originated in the Yangtze River Basin of China and is now distributed in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Cassia tora originated from Central America and is now distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. They have many uses and are widely used in some laxatives, fungicides, and antihypertensive drugs.
In the autumn of each year, people gather the mature fruits of Cassia obtusifolia or Cassia tora, dry them in the sun, beat out their seeds, remove their impurities, and make them into Chinese herbs.
Jue Ming Zi contains rhein, emodin, aloe-emodin, obtusin, aurantio-obtusin, cassiaside, lactones, sterols, fatty acids, carbohydrates, and proteins, etc. The plump yellowish-brown Jue Ming Zi is the best.
According to <Shennong Ben Cao Jing>, the medicinal property of Jue Ming Zi is slightly cold, with a sweet, bitter and salty taste. It has a certain therapeutic effect on the pathological changes of the liver and large intestine meridians.
In Chinese medicine, Jue Ming Zi is often used to clear heat, improve vision, moisten the intestines to relieve constipation, and treat primary hypertension, hyperlipidemia, vascular sclerosis, fatty liver, and eye diseases.
About 100 kinds of traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions contain Jue Ming Zi, such as Huanglian Yanggan Wan, YangXue QingNao Wan, Shihu Yeguang Wan.
Health benefits of Jue Ming Zi (Cassia Seed)
- Protecting the liver and promoting gastric secretion.
- Promoting uterine contractions to inducing labor.
- Inhibiting cellular immunity and enhancing phagocytosis of phagocytic cells.
- Inhibiting platelet aggregation and preventing atherosclerosis.
- Inhibiting skin fungi and relieving fungal vaginitis and beriberi.
- Treating acute conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, pseudomyopia, and glaucoma.
- Lower blood pressure, plasma total cholesterol, and triglycerides, treating hypertension, hyperlipidemia, fatty liver.
- Clearing the liver, alleviating redness and swelling of the eyes and photophobia caused by liver heat.
- Treating headaches and redness and congestion in the eyes caused by wind-heat.
- Nourishing liver yin, relieving blurred vision and improving vision.
- Suppressing liver Yang and relieving vertigo and headache caused by hyperactivity of liver-yang.
- Moistening the intestines, inducing diuresis, relieving dry stool and habitual constipation.
- Inhibiting Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus albicans, Staphylococcus orangeis, Diphtheria bacillus, Bacillus megaterium, Typhoid bacillus, Paratyphoid bacillus, Paratyphoid Bacillus B, Escherichia coli.
Jue Ming Zi is used with other Chinese herbs
- It with Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae), Chi Shao (Radix Paeoniae Rubra), and Mu Zei (Scouring Rush) can treat redness and swelling of the eyes and photophobia caused by liver heat.
- It with Ju Hua (Flos Chrysanthemi), Qing Xiang Zi (Semen Celosiae), and Chong Wei Zi (Fructus Leonuri) can alleviate headaches and redness and congestion in the eyes caused by wind-heat.
- It with Shan Zhu Yu (Fructus Corni) and Sheng Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae) to nourish liver yin and kidney yin and improve vision.
- It with Ju Hua (Flos Chrysanthemi), Gou Teng (Uncaria Rhynchophylla), and Xia Ku Cao (Spica Prunellae) to relieving vertigo and headache caused by hyperactivity of liver-yang.
- It with Huo Ma Ren (Hemp Seed) and Gua Lou Ren (Semen Trichosanthis)can more effectively relieve dry stool and constipation caused by dryness-heat in the intestines.
Side effects of Jue Ming Zi
Jue Ming Zi can be made into a tea for drinking with few side effects. A small percentage of people may experience nausea, bloating, or diarrhea at the beginning of use. These symptoms will disappear spontaneously in a short time.
Taking it in excess may cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, paroxysmal spasm, delirium or coma.
Precautions of Jue Ming Zi
- The dosage of Jue Ming Zi should be controlled between 10-15g.
- It can be made into an oral decoction or be used to soak and wash the affected part.
- When making its decoction, it is not recommended to decoct it for a long time.
- It should not be used to relieve vertigo caused by blood deficiency.
- Pregnant women, children, and patients with hypotension should not take it.
- People with loose stools, diarrhea, or chronic diarrhea should not take it.