Please note that you should never self-prescribe TCM ingredients. A TCM ingredient is almost never eaten on its own but as part of a formula containing several ingredients that act together. Please consult a professional TCM practitioner, they will be best able to guide you.
Preparation: Extract the kernels from the seeds
Dosage: 9 - 15 grams
Main actions according to TCM*: Replenishes Qi and tonifies the Spleen and Stomach. Eliminates thirst. Stops diarrhea.
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Formula key actions: Nourishes the Stomach. Generates Body Fluids. Directs Rebellious Qi downward.
Jing Mi is an assistant ingredient in Mai Men Dong Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.
Source date: 1119 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Formula key actions: Drains Heat from the Lungs . Calms wheezing.
Jing Mi is an assistant ingredient in Xie Bai San. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.
In Xie Bai San, Jing Mi protects the Stomach from the cold properties of the other herbs.
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 3 herbs
Formula key actions: Warms the Middle. Dispels Cold. Binds up the bowels and stops dysenteric disorders.
Jing Mi is an assistant ingredient in Tao Hua Tang. This means that it either serves to reinforces the effect of other ingredients or it moderates their toxicity.
In Tao Hua Tang, Jing Mi nourishes the Stomach and harmonizes the Middle Burner.
It helps the other ingredients improve the function of the Stomach and Intestines.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Jing Mi belongs to the 'Tonic herbs for Qi Deficiency' category. Tonic herbs are used for patterns of Deficiency, when one lacks one of the 'Four Treasures' (Qi, Blood, Yin and Yang). Qi tonics are typically sweet and they tend to enter the Spleen and Lungs because these Organs are most involved with the production of Qi.
Furthermore Jing Mi is Neutral in nature. This means that Jing Mi typically doesn't affect the balance in your body. Balance between Yin and Yang is a key health concept in TCM. Eating too many "Hot" (Yang) ingredients can lead to an imbalance whereby one has a Yang Excess. The inverse is true as well: too many "Cold" (Yin) ingredients can lead to a Yin Excess. The Neutral nature of Jing Mi means that you don't have to worry about that!
Jing Mi also tastes Sweet. The so-called 'Five Phases' theory in Chinese Medicine states that the taste of TCM ingredients is a key determinant of their action in the body. Sweet ingredients like Jing Mi tends to slow down acute reactions and detoxify the body. They also have a tonic effect because they replenish Qi and Blood.
The tastes of ingredients in TCM also determine what Organs and Meridians they target. As such Jing Mi is thought to target the Spleen and the Stomach. In TCM the Spleen assists with digestion, Blood coagulation and Fluids metabolism in the body. The Stomach on the other hand is responsible for receiving and ripening ingested food and fluids. It is also tasked with descending the digested elements downwards to the Small Intestine.
Jing Mi is also eaten as food.