Pharmaceutical Latin: Semen Cassiae
Semen Cassiae Torae
Common English: Cassia Seeds
Fetid Cassia Seeds
Sickle Senna Seed

Herbs that Clear Heat and Drain Fire: Herbs that Clear Heat in the Qi Stage

Liver Calming and Wind Extinguishing Herbs

Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Cold
Large Intestine
Powder: 3-6g
Tincture: 2-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears the Liver (Heat), clears the vision and benefits the eyes

(Expels Wind-Heat)

Red, swollen and painful eyes from Liver Heat or Wind-Heat in the Liver channel.

Eye problems such as photosensivity, night blindness and insidious loss of vision without visible physical changes to the eye, easy tearing in the Wind

Calms the Liver and anchors Liver Yang

Liver Yang Rising or Liver Fire with headaches and dizziness


Moistens the Intestines and unblocks the bowels

Chronic constipation with dry or infrequent stools especially if there is Liver Yin Deficiency

Reduces blood pressure and serum cholesterol

High blood pressure

High cholesterol
  • Do not use for patients with diarrhea from Spleen and Stomach Deficiency Cold.
  • Do not use for patients with hypotension.
  • Use with caution during pregnancy as it stimulates the uterus.
  • Concurrent use with diuretics such as chlorothiazide, hydrochlorothiazide, furmoside (Lasix), bumetinide (Bumex) and torsemide (Demadex) may lead to increased elimination of water and/or electrolytes.

Concha Haliotidis
Shi Jue Ming

Rx. Gentianae
Long Dan Cao
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Spica Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Fr. Viticis
Man Jing Zi

Hb. Equiseti Hiemalis
Mu Zei

Cools the Liver to treat visual problems associated with Liver Fire or Liver Yin Deficiency with Liver Yang Rising.

Eye problems due to Liver Fire.

Pain, swelling and redness of the eyes due to Wind-Heat.

Rx. Ligustici Chuanxiong
Chuan Xiong
Fr. Viticis
Man Jing Zi

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Fol. Mori
Sang Ye

Sp. Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao

Temporal headache due to Wind-Heat.

Eye pain and redness due to Liver Fire or Wind-Heat.

Redness, pain and swelling of the eyes, abnormal tearing, photophobia, headache and dizziness due to Liver Fire, especially eye pain worse at night due to Liver Yang Rising.

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
(Rz. Dioscoreae)
(Shan Yao)

Hb. Dendrobii
Shi Hu
Rx. Asparagi
Tian Men Dong
Sm. Celosiae
Qing Xiang Zi

Ram. Uncariae cum Uncis
Gou Teng
Concha Ostreae
Mu Li
Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua

Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency with visual problems like dry eyes, cataracts, optic atrophy, dryness, diminished vision and photo-sensitivity.

Liver and Kidney Yin Deficiency with blurred vision photosensitivity and excessive tearing.

Hypertension, dizziness and headache due to Liver Yang Rising.

Flos Chrysanthemi
Ju Hua

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Sm. Cannabis
Huo Ma Ren

Hb. Lophatheri
Dan Zhu Ye
Sm. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou Ren

Hypertension. Constipation due to remaining Heat in the Intestines. Constipation with severe bad breath, red eyes, dark, and scanty urine.

Sp. Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao
Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi

Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen

Eye problems due to Liver Heat.

Constipation due to dry Intestines.


Sm. Sesame Nigrum
Hei Zhi Ma
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui
Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang

Rz. seu Hb. Gynostemmatis
Jiao Gu Lan
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
Fr. Crataegi
Shan Zha
Rz. Alismatis
Ze Xie



High cholesterol.


  1. Some sources say that this herb benefits the Kidney.
  2. Sm. Cassiae Jue Ming Zi is more effective at clearing Liver Fire and benefiting the Kidneys than Flos Chrysanthemi Ju Hua, while Ju Hua is more effective at pacifying the Liver and clearing Wind-Heat.
  3. It is used as a topical for the eyes for redness, infection and cataract.
  4. Use 30g of this herb singly to lower cholesterol.
  5. It can be used alone for night blindness and optic nerve atrophy.
  6. It can be used alone as a tea for mild constipation.
  7. This herb can be used as a pillow.
  8. Some consider this herb to be in the Anti Malaria category.
  9. Unprocessed this herb is more effective for clearing Liver Fire and Wind-Heat Attacking the Liver channel and is therefore more effective for treating eye disorders but its coldness can cause diarrhea.
  10. Both Jue Ming Zi and Sm. Celosiae Qing Xiang Zi improve the vision. Jue Ming Zi is bitter, sweet , salty and cold which broadens its therapeutic scope to include nourishing the Liver and Kidney Yin, moistening the Intestines and dispersing Wind-Heat. It can be used for Excess and deficient eye disorders or headache because it nourishes Liver and Kidney Yin and is more appropriate where there is constipation. Qing Xiang Zi can only be used for eye disorders due to Excess Heat. it is bitter, cold, drains Fire in the Liver channel and disperses Wind-Heat from the Blood level of the Jue Yin channels. It can clear superficial visual obstruction and can dilate the pupils. it can be used alone for this purpose when Wind-Heat in the Liver channel causes the pupils to contract.
  11. Both Jue Ming Zi and Concha Haliotidis Shi Jue Ming clear Liver Heat and brighten the eyes and are combined to treat eye disorders and headaches involving the eyes. Jue Ming Zi is bitter and cold and better at cooling Liver Fire to brighten the eyes. It also moistens the Intestines. Shi Jue Ming is salty, cold and heavy to sedate Rising Liver Yang.
  12. Dry-fried Cassia Chao Jue Ming Zi has less ability to cool the Liver and expel Wind, but is better able to tonify the Liver and Kidney to treat eye problems.
  13. This herb is very effective at treating Excess tearing.