Hua Jiao, Chuan (Prickly Ash Pepper)


Chinese Herb: Hua Jiao, Chuan (Prickly Ash Pepper)

Pericarpium Zanthoxyli

Prickly Ash pepper, also known as Szechuan/Sichuan Pepper, is an interior warming herb that exhibits considerable heating action. Acrid and hot in nature, this herb figures into a number of dit da jow recipes for the purpose of raising the overall temperature of the formula and assisting in anesthetic pain relief...And it packs quite a punch!

Prickly Ash Pepper enters the kidney, Spleen, and Stomach meridians and works primarily to warm those organs.


Pungent, hot and slightly toxic

Channels Entered

Spleen, stomach and kidney

Therapeutic Actions

To warm the spleen and stomach
To stop pain
To aid in the elimination of parasites

Common Dosage

2-5 grams


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