Schizonepeta Tenuifolia Herb

Veterinarian Reviewed on June 20, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Schizonepeta Tenuifolia Herb


Schizonepeta tenuifolia may also be referred to as Japanese catnip, Japanese mint or Jing Jie. It is a medicinal herb that is cultivated exclusively in the provinces of Jiangsu, Zhejiang and in Jiangxi, China. This herb can either be processed and used on its own, or it can be used together with a combination of other herbs to treat various skin illnesses and itchiness.

Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb has been in traditional Chinese medicine for many centuries now and it is classified as a potent herb due to its anti itch properties. This herb has a rather pleasing smell emitting from its beautiful lavender flowers. The entire plant is used for its therapeutic properties and is harvested during the autumn and winter seasons.

History and Origin

The Chinese name of Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb is ‘Jing Jie’ but it is known in Japanese as ‘keigai’ and ‘hyonggae’ in Korean. In the practice of ancient Chinese medicine, it is believed that the human body becomes unbalanced due to many factors: heat and cold are just some of them. These affect the balance of the body’s systems and thus taking herbal remedies and herbal formulas such as Schizonepeta tenuifolia and other herbs can return the body back to a more balanced state of being.

Ancient Uses

During ancient times, the Chinese were the leaders in using herbal remedies. The Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb is just one of the many herbs used in this manner. This plant is used as a poultice to treat skin illnesses, cure wounds and reduce inflammation. The Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb was also used to treat high fevers.

Modern Uses

During the modern times, it has been found that the Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb contains carminative, antipyretic and diaphoretic properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, this herb is classified as able to clear heat and wind effectively. It treats fever, even fever that is due to unknown causes through inducing sweating.
It is paired with Ledebouriella Divaricata Root, notopterygium root and other herbs to treat colds, fevers and headaches. It can also help relieve sore throats and to remedy blood shot eyes.

It has been used to treat German measles; it relieves the itch of German measle lesions preventing the occurrence of skin infections when scratched. Studies have shown that Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb also retards the production of histamine which is of great importance in the treatment of severe itching.

The Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb is also a promising cure for the common cold and other upper respiratory illnesses. This herb also has antibacterial properties that can control infections in skin and mucous membranes.

Side Effects

Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb preparations that are marketed as creams and lotions are very effective in the treatment of skin itching. However, it must not be applied to broken or wounded skin. Open sores and lesions must not come in contact with Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb preparations.

Oral supplements and herbal remedies prepared with Schizonepeta tenuifolia and other herbs must not be taken by pregnant and breastfeeding women. People with anemia and other blood related illnesses must consult their doctor regarding taking Schizonepeta tenuifolia herb. It may cause severe adverse reactions with the medication they are currently taking.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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