Sinapis Alba (L.) Boiss. Brassica Juncea (L.) Czern. Et Coss
Brassica Seed White Mustard Seed
Source of Earliest Record:
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:
After the white-mustard ripens in summer or autumn, the seeds are gathered and dried in the sun.
Properties and Taste:
Pungent and warm
To warm the lungs and resolve phlegm To invigorate qi circulation and disperse nodules To open the channels and stop pain
Indications and Combinations:
1. Lungs blocked by cold-phlegm manifested as cough with profuse, dilute and white sputum and stifling sensation in the chest. *Use with Perilla seed (Suzi) and Radish seed (Laifuzi) in the formula Sanzi Yangqing Tang.
2. Retention of phlegm-damp in the chest and diaphragm manifested as distension and pain in the chest and hypochondriac region. *Use with Kansui root (Gansui) and Peking spurge root (Daji).
3. Channels and collaterals obstructed by phlegm-damp manifested as joint pain and numbness of the limbs. *Use with Myrrh (Moyao) and Costus root (Muxiang).
4. Yin carbuncles and swellings without discoloration of the skin. *Use with Antler glue (Lujiaojiao), Cinnamon bark (Rougui) and Prepared rehmannia root (Shudihuang) in the formula Yanghe Tang.