Qing Xiang Zi also known as Celosia Seeds or Semen Celosiae is the mature seed of Celosia Argentea, which is an annual herb belonging to the family Amaranthaceae. It has a medicinal history of more than 2,000 years.
Celosia Argentea commonly known as the plumed cockscomb or silver cock’s comb is a weed in dry fields. It is wild or cultivated and often grows on plains, fields, hills, and hillsides below 20-1500 meters above sea level.
It can be found in China, North Korea, Japan, Russia, the Indochina Peninsula, and the tropical regions of Africa. Its stems and leaves can be used as vegetables and feed.
Every autumn, when the fruits of Celosia Argentea is ripe, people gather their above-ground parts, dry them in the sun, beat out their seeds, go out of their impurities, and make Chinese herbs.
Qing Xiang Zi contains hydroxybenzoic acid, nicotinic acid, cyclic peptide, triterpenoid saponins, β-sitosterol, palmitic acid, stigmasterol, daucosterol, oleanolic acid, fatty oil, potassium nitrate. The plump black lustrous Qing Xiang Zi is the best.
According to <Shennong Ben Cao Jing>, the medicinal property of Qing Xiang Zi is slightly cold, with a bitter taste. It has a certain therapeutic effect on the pathological changes of the liver and spleen meridians.
In traditional Chinese medicine, Qing Xiang Zi is often used to clear heat and reduce fire, improve eyesight, eliminate nebulae, alleviate eye inflammation, blurred vision, and dizziness.
Health benefits of Qing Xiang Zi
- Anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation, anti-tumor.
- Reducing the damage of CCL4 to liver tissue and protecting the liver.
- Dilating pupils, relaxing ciliary muscles, and treating false myopia.
- Lowering blood pressure, blood sugar, blood lipids, reduce serum peroxide levels, and protecting the pancreas.
- Clearing liver fire, relieving redness and swelling of the eyes caused by the up-flaming of liver fire.
- Eliminating nebulae, relieving blurred vision and improving eyesight.
- Treating dry eyes, conjunctivitis, cataracts, and retinal hemorrhage.
- Suppressing liver Yang and alleviating vertigo, headache, and insomnia caused by the transformation of liver yang into fire.
- The study found that its decoction has a strong inhibitory effect on Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Qing Xiang Zi is used with other Chinese herbs
- It with Jue Ming Zi (Cassia Seed), Chong Wei Zi (Fructus Leonuri), and Ling Yang Jiao (Cornu Antelopis) can treat redness and swelling of the eyes, nebulae, and blurred vision caused by the up-flaming of liver fire.
- It with Sheng Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae), Xuan Shen (Radix Scrophulariae) and Che Qian Zi (Semen Plantaginis) can treat blurred vision caused by hepatic asthenia.
- It with Tu Si Zi (Semen Cuscutae), Rou Cong Rong (Cistanche), and Shan Yao (Rhizoma Dioscoreae) can treat dizziness and dry eyes caused by the asthenia of liver and kidney.
- It with Shi Jue Ming (Concha Haliotidis), Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae) and Xia Ku Cao (Spica Prunellae) alleviating vertigo, headache and insomnia caused by the transformation of liver yang into fire.
Side effects of Qing Xiang Zi
Qing Xiang Zi has been used clinically for many years, with almost no side effects.
Precautions of Qing Xiang Zi
- The dosage of Qing Xiang Zi should be controlled between 10-15g.
- It can be made into decoction or pills.
- People with glaucoma or dilated pupils should not take it.