Steam distilled Citri reticulate Pericarpium
Citri reticulatae Pericarpium, Aged Tangerine Peel
The process of aging the Tangerine Peel before distilling, gives this essential oil a rich crimson color which indicates that it has an affinity to the Heart and Pericardium as well as to it’s traditional Chinese Medicine herb affinities of Lung, Spleen and Stomach. Also, as a result of aging, its citrusy aroma, fruity and tart, takes on a gentle earthy quality as well. Its effect warms the Heart and Spirit and aids the Earth element to produce the blood that is then vitalized by the Fire of the Heart. All together Chen Pi has a more warming and tonifying nature as compared to its other Citrus essential oil counterparts; Qing Pi (Green tangerine Peel), Zhi Ke (Citrus aurantium) and Fou Shou (Buddah’s Hand).
Chen Pi regulates and harmonizes the Qi of the Spleen and Stomach for all types of digestive disturbances. It also warms the chest and helps the Lung to clear and descend when it is encumbered by dampness and phlegm due to disruption of the Spleen’s transportive and transformative functions.
For signs of cold dampness stagnating in the Spleen /Stomach such as fullness, loss of appetite, acid regurgitation, nausea, fatigue, loose stools, etc. Chen Pi works well with Cang Zhu (Atractylodes), Hou Po (Magnolia Bark) and a little Gan Jiang (Ginger) as a blend diluted in Black Cumin Seed carrier oil.
In pharmacological studies, intravenous injection of Chen Pi stimulates contraction of smooth muscle, increases peristalsis, increases contractility of Heart muscle and cardiac output. It also dilates the coronary artery. (Chen and Chen Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology p.480)
TCM Category: Regulation Qi
Channels Entered: TCM: Lung, Spleen Stomach. As an Essential oil also Heart and Pericardium
Major Known Chemical Constituents: Monoterpenes: limonene, terpinene, pinene, myrcene, cymene, sabinene, thugene. Monoterpene alcohols: linalool, terpineol, citronellol. Monoterpene aldehyde: perillaldehyde. Methyl esters. Phenol: thymol.