Zi Su Ye For Colds + Nausea

Lenore Cangeloso

By Lenore Cangeloso


Zi Su Ye For Colds + Nausea

The perilla leaf, Zi Su Ye, is an amazing herb that can be used in your apothecary or herb garden, as well as your kitchen. It belongs to the mint family, and in the suitable conditions it easily grows in large quantities. It grows well in warm climates and blossoms in partial shade.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is known as Zi Su Ye, and is found in the category of herbs that help to "release the exterior", making it a great remedy to help with symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, nasal congestion, or an early cough. It is warming in nature and acrid in flavor, features that can help to promote sweating, helping rid the body of any external pathogens.

Its Relationship to Your Qi, and Digestion

Being acrid/pungent in taste, this herbal medicine helps Qi circulation and harmonizes the digestive system. It addresses initial respiratory problems as it cleanse external pathogen from lodging any deeper into the body.

The pungent flavor helps with the movement of Qi— as within Traditional Chinese Medicine theory the flavor profile is a very important aspect in determining its therapeutic properties and actions within the body.

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It has been known to help alleviate symptoms associated with general food poisoning  and related sickness, but is especially effective for seafood poisoning.Have you ever bought sushi-to-go, or picked up a quick California Roll from grocery store? It is usually adorned with a green plastic, grass like accoutrements?! This is also called Perilla, also known as Shiro in Japanese.

It can also help with other digestive conditions such as nausea, vomiting, low appetite, or even morning sickness during pregnancy. This herb should not be taken for long term, because some herbs work best when aforementioned symptoms began to appear.

General Applications & Uses for Zi Su Ye
  • Reduce symptoms linked with colds, flu, viruses such as fever, chills, headache, nasal congestion, cough, more specifically early colds with white or clear phlegm
  • Ideal for addressing cough, and soothing the throe.
  • Alleviate seafood poisoning
  • Eases digestive discomfort such as nausea and vomiting
  • Helps with morning sickness

It is one of the main ingredients within Bounce Back, which focuses upon alleviating the body of symptoms associated with colds such as fever, headaches, chills, body aches, and nasal congestion.  

Bounce Back is a proprietary herbal blend developed by DAO Labs Chief Chinese Herbal Medicine Officer Dr. Eric Karchmer, MD (China), PhD, Lace, in conjunction with his academic colleagues in Asia. Unlike Western options which conceal symptoms, the herbs in Bounce Back are meant to organize your body’s natural restorative powers when cold symptoms are on peak.

Some other common Chinese Herbal formulas that this herb is found in is

    • Xiang Su San(containing Cyprus and Perilla Leaf Powder)
    • Su Zi Jiang Qi Tang(with Perilla Fruit Decoction for  Directing Qi Downward)
Other Uses for Zi Su Ye - Cocktails Anyone?

The fresh leaf is delicious and can be eaten raw or cooked in soups, stews, stir-fry or even as a wrapping for a tasty filling. I have even tastes a few herbal perilla leaf cocktails!

Care Consideration: Just a reminder that the above information is not a substitute for medical care and is not a substitute for medical advice or recommendations  from a healthcare provider.  This information is not intended to treat, mitigate or cure any disease.  That said, we encourage you to connect with an Acupuncturist in your community to learn more about this and other Traditional Chinese Medicine options.  If you’ve got questions about Chinese herbal medicine or getting started with an Acupuncturist, feel free to connect with us on hello@mydaolabs.com

Lenore Cangeloso, LAc is a state-licensed and board certified Acupuncturist and Herbal medicine practitioner. She is the owner of Wild Earth Acupuncture in Portland Oregon. Lenore has spent many months traveling to deepen her knowledge of the human body, and is a dedicated and skilled practitioner that strives to help you achieve optimal states of wellbeing. You can learn more about Lenore at wildearthacupuncture.com.

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