Schizonepeta (Jing Jie)
Botanical Name: Schizonepeta tenuifolia
Schizonepeta is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat symptoms associated with common colds, allergic skin conditions, and early-stage measles. It can also help to stop bleeding–including blood in the urine or stools.
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Western Name: Schizonepeta
Also Known As: Japanese Catnip
Organs/Systems: Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems
Key Actions: Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Immunomodulating, Diaphoretic, Hemostatic, Antimicrobial
Medicinal Uses: Colds, fever, sore throat, headache, allergies, allergic dermatitis, cardiovascular disease, psoriasis.
Pin Yin: Jing Jie
Also Known As: Jie Sui Tan (when charred with ash)
Meridians: Lung, Liver
Key Actions: Expels Wind, Releases to the Exterior, Stops Bleeding, Vents Rashes, Alleviates Itching
Medicinal Uses: Treats either Wind Cold or Wind Heat symptoms such as headache, fever, sore throats, runny nose, sinusitis, earache, chills and fever, itchy eyes, and muscle aches. Eczema, psoriasis, boils when they first erupt (especially with chills and fever such as the initial stages of measles), boils, mastitis, menorrhagia, bleeding ulcers, spitting blood, vomiting blood, blood in stool, uterine bleeding, hemorrhage, postpartum fainting due to excessive blood loss.
Schizonepeta is in the mint family. It bears small lavender-hued flowers that grow in clusters on spikes just over the foliage. It has a strong pine-like scent and erect, four-angled stems, with branches on the upper part and a brownish-purple base. Its leaves are opposite.
Schizonepeta is native to China and Japan. It is now grown all over the Far East.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Aerial Part, Leaf, Stem, Flower
Flavors/Temps: Acrid, Aromatic, Slightly Warm
Caution: Considered safe. It is not recommended for fully-erupted measles or open sores.
Key Constituents: Menthol, Menthone, Pulegone, Limonene, Menthofuran, Cineole, Hesperidin, Caffeic acid, Schizonodiol, Terpenoids
History/Folklore: Schizonepeta is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat either Wind Heat or Wind Cold symptoms associated with common colds such as fever, chills and fever, sore throat, stuffy nose, runny nose, itchy eyes, headaches, and muscle aches. It is also used to help vent rashes such as early stage measles, allergic skin conditions, and eczema or psoriasis. It is considered the most important herb for treating skin infections. With an ability to stop bleeding it is also often used with other herbs to treat bloody stools, blood in the urine, and even hemorrhaging. Schizonepeta can shorten coagulation time, helping to stop bleeding.
Don’t confuse schizonepeta (Schizonepeta tenuifolia), commonly called Japanese catnip or Japanese mint, with “true catnip” of the genus Nepeta (also Lamiaceae). While true catnip is in the same family of plants as schizonepeta, unlike true catnip schizonepeta is an annual plant with a pleasant aroma similar to pine. Both the fresh and the dried plant are highly aromatic.
Several studies have indicated that schizonepeta slows the production of substance P, a compound that is known for inciting itchy reactions. It also slows the secretion of histamine helping to ease allergic skin reactions. Other studies confirm schizonepeta extract with having immunomodulating anti-inflammatory responses by regulating cytokine release and interrupting histamine release from mast cells to inhibit allergic reactions.
Schizonepeta is often paired with other herbs to treat different infections that release pus in their early stages (such as measles). It is paired with mint to induce sweating, vent rashes, and Expel Wind. It is commonly paired with ledebouriella and notopterygium for treating symptoms of Wind Cold invasions.
Schizonepeta is often used to treat early-stage measles. It encourages the rash to come to the surface, helping to stop itching and heal faster. However, it is not recommended for treating late stage measles or open sores. Schizonepeta also helps heal skin injuries and eruptions.
The green buds are highly regarded as a pediatric sedative.
Schizonepeta contains pulegone, a compound actually found in most plants in the mint family. It is dangerous in the high doses obtained from essential oils extracted from the plant. Used in regularly recommended doses, and not as or in an essential oil form, schizonepeta and other mint family plants are safe to use. Indeed, mint is a commonly safely used herb.
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