Pricklyash Peel

Source The Seed of Sichuan Pepper is the peel of Zanthoxylum bungeanum Maxim. or Z. schinifolium Sieb. et Zucc., (Fam. Rutaceae.)

Producing Areas Mainly produced in Sichuan, Jiangsu and Liaoning, etc.

Properties Spicy, Warm

Channels Spleen, Stomach, Kidney


  • Warms the middle jiao (or middle energiser) to alleviate pain and increase appetite
    For deficiency-cold of spleen and stomach with epigastric and abdominal cold pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and poor appetite.
  • Kills parasitic worms
    For roundworm infection with abdominal pain or deficiency-cold syndrome of spleen and stomach; also for schistosomiasis and oxyuriasis.
  • Removes dampness and alleviates itching
    For scabies, eczema, scrotum pruritus and pruritus vulvae.

Usage and Dosage
3-6 g is used in decoction for oral use.
The decoction or the powder can be used externally.

Contraindicated in the patient with hyperactivity of fire due to yin-deficiency.
Use with caution for pregnant women.

Keep in a cool and dry place, or a dry and sealed container. Protect from moths.

Description of Quality Herb
The good one is big in size, green (Qingjiao) or purplish red (Huajiao) in colour, with few seeds and a strong aroma.