Pharmaceutical Latin: Semen Sesame Nigrum
Semen Sesame Indici
Common English: Black Sesame Seed
Herbs that tonify Yin
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Nourishes and fortifies Liver and Kidney Yin

Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency with blurred vision, tinnitus and dizziness

Aids in recovery from severe illness

Increases the quantity of breast milk

Nourishes Jing and Blood and extinguishes Wind

Headaches, dizziness and numbness due to Blood Deficiency or Yin Deficiency

Especially for dizziness that worsens with activity

Moistens and lubricates the Intestines and Lungs

Constipation due to Dry intestines or Blood Deficiency

  • Contraindicated in those with diarrhea due to Spleen Deficiency.
  • Use with caution for those with toothache from Rising Fire.

Fol. Mori
Sang Ye

Rx. Polygoni Multiflori
Zhi He Shou Wu
Sm. Cuscutae
Si Zi
Rx. Achyranthis Bidentatae
Niu Xi

Rz. Atractylodis Macrocephalae
Bai Zhu
Rx. Clematidis
Wei Ling Xian

Dizziness, blurred vision, tinnitus and headache due to Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency with ascendant Yang.

Numbness, flank pain and constipation due to Blood or Yin Deficiency.

Exhausted Kidneys and Liver with premature graying of the hair, dizziness, a weak lower back and frequent nocturia.

Lower back and leg pain due to Wind-Damp Bi.

Sm. Coicis
Yi Yi Ren
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Sm. Platycladi
Bai Zi Ren

Chicken Egg

As a tincture for Wind-Damp Bi in the elderly or debilitated with generalized weakness and lower back and leg pain.

Constipation due to Blood Deficiency.

Constipation due to Blood Deficiency.

Rx. Polygoni Multiflori
He Shou Wu
Fr. Mori
Sang Shen
Hb. Ecliptae
Han Lian Cao
Fr. Ligustri Lucidi
Nu Zhen Zi

Fr. Lycii
Gou Qi Zi
Fr. Tribuli
Bai Ji Li
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Fol. Mori
Sang Ye

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Rehmanniae Preparata
Shu Di Huang
Rz. Polygonati
Huang Jing
Colla Corii Asini
E Jiao
Fr. Ligustri Lucidi
Nu Zhen Zi

Prematurely gray hair.

Blurred vision.

Dizziness and tinnitus.

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Codonopsis
Dang Shen
Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia
Sm. Vaccariae
Wang Bu Liu Xing

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Sm. Cannabis
Huo Ma Ren
Sm. Platycladi
Bai Zi Ren
Hb. Cistanches
Rou Cong Rong


Insufficient lactation due to Blood Deficiency.



  1. It moistens dry tissues for dry coughs and dry Intestines.
  2. The oil is applied topically to the head for migraines and vertigo.
  3. It treats sores and insect bites when crushed and applied topically.
  4. Sesame oil, when applied topically treats acute burns.
  5. This herb brightens the eyes, blackens the hair, moistens the skin and lubricates the Intestines.
  6. Sesame Oil (Oleum Sesame) Xiang Yu is used as a base for herbal powders.
  7. Both Hei Zhi Ma and Fr. Mori Sang Shen serve as food as well as medicinals, both tonify the Liver and Kidneys, enrich Yin, augment the Blood, moisten Dryness and lubricate the Intestines. Hei Zhi Ma is neutral, enters the Kidneys to replenish the essence and augment the marrow. Sang Shen is cool, enters the Blood Level and secondarily tonifies the Kidneys.
  8. Dry-fried Sesame Seeds Chao Hei Zhi Ma have an enhanced ability ability to augment the Liver and Kidneys, replenish essence and Blood, lubricate the Intestines and treat constipation.