Perilla seed (Suzi)
Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Perillae
Botanical Name: Perilla frutescens (L.) Britt.
Common Name: Purple perilla fruit, Perilla seed
Source of Earliest Record: Mingyi Bielu
Part Used: The fruit is gathered in autumn, when it ripens. Then it is dried in the sun and pounded into pieces.
Natural Properties & Taste: Pungent and warm
Meridians: Lung and large intestine
1. To stop cough and soothe asthma.
2. To moisten the intestines and move feces.
1. Upward perversion of lung qi caused by excessive phlegm fluid manifested as cough with white profuse sputum, or asthma and fullness and stifling sensation in the chest and hypochondriac region. Perilla seed (Suzi) is used with White mustard seed (Baijiezi) and Radish seed (Laifuzi) in the formula Sanzi Yangqing Tang.
2. Constipation due to dryness in the intestines. Perilla seed (Suzi) is used with Hemp seed (Huomaren), Trichosanthes seed (Gualouren) and Apricot seed (Xingren).
Dosage: 5-10 g