Qing Xiang Zi
Qing Xiang Zi (Celosia seeds) are about 1-5 millimeters in size. It is round with a black or reddish-black exterior and a thin, brittle outer skin.
The seeds of Qing Xiang Zi are odorless and tasteless. They are traditionally harvested in the autumn when ripe, then dried in the sun for use.
BOTANICAL NAME: Semen Celosiae Argenteae
COMMON NAME: Celosia Seeds
FAMILY: Compositae/ Asteraceae
PARTS USED: Seeds
TASTE : Sweet, cool
• to drains liver fire, clears wind – improves vision, red-painful eyes
• to improve impaired-blurred vision – combine with Jue Ming Zi and Mi Meng Hua
TYPICAL CHINESE DOSE: 3–15 grams
COMBINATIONS Used with Chuan Xiang for headaches due to external wind-heat; with Gou Qi Zi for headaches, dizziness, and vertigo due to ascending liver yang; and with Sang Ye, Bo He, Jie Geng, lian Qiao, and other herbs in Sang Ju Yin, which is used for alleviating the type of wind-heat that causes common colds and influenza.
CAUTIONS:Do not use in cases of glaucoma or liver or kidney deficiency because it has a strong heat clearing effect and and can dilate the pupils.