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Sesamum indicum nigrum L.
Black sesame seed
Source of Earliest Record
Shennong Bencao Jing
Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations
The ripe sesame seeds are gathered in autumn, then they are dried in the sun.
Properties & Taste
Sweet and neutral
Liver and kidney
1. To tonify the essence and blood; 2. To moisten the intestines and move feces
Indications & Combinations
1. Deficient essence and blood manifested as dizziness, blurred vision and early graying of the hair. Black sesame seed (Heizhima) is used with Mulberry leaf (Sangye) in the formula Sang Ma Wan.
2. Constipation due to dryness in the intestines. Black sesame seed (Heizhima) is used with Chinese angelica root (Danggui), Cistanche (Roucongrong) and Arborvitae seed (Baiziren).
10-30 g (The herb is most effective when fried.)
Cautions & Contraindications
This herb should not be used in cases with diarrhea.
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