Orange Peel

Orange Peel (Chen Pi, Qing Pi, Zhi Shi)

Orange Peel (Chen Pi, Qing Pi, Zhi Shi)

Botanical Name: Pericarpium citri reticulata. Mandarine Oranges/Chen Pi – Citrus reticulata. Bitter Orange (AKA Seville Oranges)/Zhi Shi – Citrus sinensis, Citrus aurantantium.

Oranges bring good luck, are loaded with Vitamin C and the peels are super high in nutrients. There are many different varietals of orange peel, but all of them help build and move Qi (Energy) in the body. They are a powerful and tasty herb often used in combination with other herbs to improve the overall taste of herbal remedies and lend strength to the formula.

Below is an overview of Orange Peel, combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of Orange Peel.

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Western Name: Orange Peel

Also Known As: Chen Pi –  Tangerine Peel, Citrus, Mandarin Oranges.  Qing Pi – Chinese Unripened Orange Peel. Zhi Shi – Immature or Bitter Orange.

Organs/Systems: Lungs, Digestion

Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory, Expectorant, Antifungal, Aromatic, Bitter Tonic, Catarrh, Sedative, Diuretic.


Pin Yin: Chen Pi (Tangerine Peel), Qing Pi (Unripened Green Peel), Zhi Shi (Immature Fruit of Bitter Orange)

Also Known As: Chen Pi –  Translates as, “Aged Peel.”  Qing Pi – Translates as, “Green Peel.” Zhi Shi – Translates as, “Immature or Bitter Orange.”

Meridians: Chen Pi – Lung, Spleen, Stomach. Qing Pi – Gallbladder, Liver, Stomach. Zhi Shi – Large Intestine, Spleen, Stomach.

Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Chen Pi – Regulates Qi/Supports the Middle Jiao/Supports Spleen Qi:  bloating, nausea, fullness, belching, vomiting. Dries Damp/Transforms Phelgm: damp coughs with heavy chested feeling, congestion, copius viscous phelgm, loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stools.  Helps Prevent Stagnation: used with tonifying herbs to prevent stagnation caused by use of sweet tasting herbs.
Qing Pi – Spreads Liver Qi: pain in the chest, breast, or hypchondriac regions.  Dissipates Clumps: food stagnation with epigastric pain or distension.  Dries Dampness: malarial disorders, especially useful for breast abscesses.  Raises Blood Pressure.
Zhi Shi – Reduces Accumulation: abodominal pain, distention, gas. Directs Qi Downward/Unblocks the Bowels: constipation, Qi stagnation caused by accumulation.  Expels Distention: fullness in the chest. Used with Qi-tonifying herbs for rectal prolapse, uterine  prolapse. Raises Blood Pressure.

Basic Habitat/Botany:

A member of the Sweet Orange rutaceae Family.

Believed to be native to China and then cultivated across the globe.

Orange Peel (Chen Pi, Qing Pi, Zhi Shi) Parts Most Frequently Used: Peel (Picked at the ripe stage and then dried.)

Flavors/Temps: Chen Pi – Acrid, Bitter, Warm, Aromatic. Qing Pi – Bitter, Acrid, Warm. Zhi Shi – Bitter, Acrid, Slightly Cold.

Caution: Generally safe when used in regular doses.

History/Folklore: All species help move Qi stagnation. Mandarin Orange Peel is a better anti-inflammatory, carminative and tonic. The Unripe Green Orange Peel is a cholagogue and carminative.  Bitter Orange Peel moves Qi stagnation, stimulates, expectorates and is a stomach digestive. Another species is tangerines with the Latin name, Citrus tangerina.

Chen Pi, sweet orange peel, has been used in China since the second century B.C.  The bulk of the nutrients are in the peel and not the orange fruit itself.  Grated orange peel is added to candies, breads and bakery goods.

It is often added to herbal formulas in order to improve their taste and help build Qi Chen pi is considered an important herb for both the Spleen and Lung meridians Orange Flower Water is used on dry skin and broken capillaries to stimulate new cell growth and as a sedative due to its calming effects.

Oranges are a symbol of love, marriage, joy and happiness. Tangerines and oranges are an auspicious symbol during the Chinese New Year celebrations as the sound of the word for “luck” and “wealth” are very similar to the word for “orange.” The bright orange color also suggests the color gold, so it is also a symbol for good luck and prosperity.  A bowl of oranges is believed to bring good fortune.  Orange trees will often be placed at the doorways of offices and businesses in order to attract good fortune.

Key Constituents:

Flavonoids, Phytonutirents, Vitamin C, B1, and A, Choline, Folic Acid, d-Limonene, Alpha-carotene, Beta-carotene, Aldehyldes, Minerals, Enzymes, Fiber, Pectin, and other Vitamins.  High content of Bioflavonoids.

Did you know?

Golden Apples

Oranges are believed to be native to the Far East and are the fruit that has been called the Golden Apples of Mythological fame.


Used in Cosmetics

Many cosmetics use the peel in cut form or in powder form. It was used as a snuff to prevent allergies.

Fun fact!

Symbol of Fertility

Oranges can produce flowers and fruit at the same time so they have become a symbol of fertility.


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