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Qing Pi (Green Tangerine Peel)


Qing Pi, also known as Green Tangerine Peel, is a traditional Chinese herb that has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to support digestive health and improve overall well-being. This herb is believed to have bitter, pungent, warm, and acrid properties, and it is commonly used to treat various health conditions, including digestive discomfort, bloating, and indigestion.  Classified as an herb that regulates Qi, the Green Tangerine Peel sits along side its brother "Chen Pi" with an action to relieve stagnation, especially in the Liver. Qing Pi is also used to support healthy circulation and help with the elimination of toxins from the body.

In TCM, Qing Pi is considered to have a bitter flavor, and it is often used in combination with other herbs to enhance its effects. This herb is believed to have a warming and moving effect on the body, and it is commonly used to treat conditions that involve digestive discomfort, bloating, and indigestion. Qing Pi can be found in the form of teas, decoctions, and dietary supplements, and it is often used in conjunction with other herbs to enhance its effects. When incorporating Qing Pi into your daily routine, it is important to follow the recommended dosages and usage instructions and to consult with a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner for personalized recommendations.

High Quality Qing Pi: What does it look like?

High-quality Qing Pi is typically a thin, dark green or brownish-yellow colored bark, with a strong and fragrant aroma. The texture is rough and the surface of the bark may contain knots and cracks. The thickness of the bark can vary, but high-quality Qing Pi is often thin and uniform. The quality of Qing Pi is determined by factors such as the age of the tree, the climate and soil conditions, and the processing method used to prepare the herb for use in traditional Chinese medicine.

How is Qing Pi prepared and processed?

Citri Reticulata Blanco, commonly known as Mandarin Orange, is native to Southeast Asia, particularly in the regions of southern China. It has been cultivated for thousands of years and is widely distributed throughout the world, particularly in tropical and subtropical areas.

The optimal cultivation conditions for Qing Pi, or Citri Reticulata Blanco, include a warm and moist climate with well-drained soil, full sunlight exposure, and adequate water supply. The tree should be pruned regularly to encourage growth and regulate the size of the fruit. Harvesting should be done when the fruit is mature, typically in late autumn to early winter. After harvesting, the fruit should be cleaned, dried, and processed according to traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) methods to preserve its quality and potency.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Qing Pi (Citri Reticulata Blanco) is usually harvested when it is mature and processed to remove the peel and pith. The remaining part of the fruit is then dried in the sun or using a low heat method. This drying process helps to preserve the medicinal properties of the herb. After drying, the fruit is often sliced into small pieces or ground into a powder to prepare for use in TCM formulas and decoctions. The processing method and drying time can affect the quality and potency of Qing Pi, so it's important to follow proper procedures to ensure high-quality preparation.

Popular Recipe for Qing Pi

A popular recipe using Qing Pi (green bitter orange) in Traditional Chinese Medicine is decoction for digestive complaints such as bloating, abdominal discomfort, or indigestion. To make this decoction, the dried Qing Pi peel is boiled in water along with other digestive herbs such as ginger and licorice. The decoction is then consumed as a warm tea to alleviate digestive symptoms.

It’s important to note that this is a general guideline and it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional or herbalist to determine the right dosage and usage for you

Safety Precautions for the use of Qing Pi

When using and handling Qing Pi (Citrus aurantium var. discolor), it is important to take the following precautions:

  1. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional before using Qing Pi, as it may interact with certain medications or have contraindications for certain health conditions.

  2. Qing Pi may have a strong and bitter taste, so it is recommended to mix it with other herbs or foods before consumption.

  3. Avoid using Qing Pi in large doses, as it may cause adverse reactions such as gastrointestinal discomfort, skin irritation, and allergic reactions.

  4. Avoid using Qing Pi during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

  5. Keep Qing Pi out of reach of children and pets.

  6. Store Qing Pi in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and moisture.

  7. If you experience any adverse reactions after using Qing Pi, discontinue use and consult with a healthcare professional.

  8. Qing Pi should be used with caution if you have a history of allergies or skin sensitivities, as it may cause skin irritation.

  9. Qing Pi should also be used with caution if you have a history of gastrointestinal conditions, as it may cause gastrointestinal discomfort.

  10. Qing Pi may also cause drowsiness or dizziness, so use caution if you will be driving or operating heavy machinery after consuming it.

Additional Information about Qing Pi

Common Names: Qing Pi (Green Tangerine Peel); Citri Reticulata Blanco; Citri Reticulatae Pericarpium

Properties: Bitter, pungent and warm

Channels Entered: Liver, Gallbladder, Stomach


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