Veterinarian Reviewed on June 15, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Tangerine (Citrus reticulate) Peel
The tangerine (Citrus reticulata) is also called Chen pi in Chinese, Mandarin orange or Satsuma in Japan. It is a citrus fruit that is smaller when compared to an orange and tastes less sour. The tangerine peel is one of the many parts of the tangerine fruit and tree that is commonly used for herbal preparations.
The tangerine peel is much more aromatic but does actually have a rather pungent taste; this is why it is used in many medicinal preparations for respiratory illnesses. The tangerine peel is also considered to have more flavonoids and antioxidants that are needed for overall good health than the juice of the tangerine fruit.
History and Origin
The tangerine fruit has been cultivated in China for more than 3 centuries now and the Chinese, as well as many Asian countries, have high regard for the tangerine fruit for its medicinal properties. The tangerine is also grown in Burma and in several regions throughout Asia making it the most varied shape and size citrus fruit.
The use of the tangerine peel in ancient times was mainly for the cure of cough, colds and many other respiratory illnesses. The tangerine peel is used fresh as tea or as a refreshing drink to relieve stress and increase energy and vigor. The peel is also used as a poultice for wounds and burns.
In modern times, the tangerine peel is used to dry up mucus in the upper and lower respiratory system. It is effective in liquefying secretions for expulsion as well. For the gastrointestinal system, the tangerine peel is dried and ground to aid digestion, to treat diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea and also episodes of dyspepsia. The tangerine peel is very effective in the treatment of digestive problems because it naturally increases the secretion of the gastric juices and is also helpful in relaxing the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract. Chinese medicine also believes that the tangerine peel moves the body’s qi downward therefore it relieves hiccups and vomiting as well.
There are several studies that support the high bioflavonoid content of the tangerine peel as being beneficial in the strengthening of the epithelial cells making them resistant to cancer cells. This could be a factor in determining the effect of tangerine peel supplements in the prevention of cancer but no conclusive data has been developed yet.
The tangerine peel is also beneficial in weight loss. It also lowers blood cholesterol, blood pressure and thus is indirectly responsible for weight loss. It is however important to combine the use of tangerine peel supplements for weight loss with the proper exercise and the right diet so you can achieve weight loss effectively and safely.
There are no known side effects of taking tangerine peel supplements and extracts. There are no known side effects for pregnant and lactating women either. It is however important to ask your doctor if you wish to use tangerine peel supplements for your illness so you can get the right dosage and learn of any adverse effects of this herbal remedy with your medications.
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