Pharmaceutical Latin: Semen Litchi
Common English: Leechee Nut
Lychee Pip
Herbs that Regulate Qi
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage


6-15g Crush before dispensing
For epigastric pain: 24-30g
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Disperses Cold and Stagnation and stops pain

Cold in the Liver Channel with bulging disorders with pain in the groin or testicles

Heat in the Liver Channel (with appropriate herbs)

Regulates Qi and stops pain

Liver Qi Stagnation with abdominal and epigastric pain

Qi and Blood Stagnation with abdominal, premenstrual or postpartum pain

  • Use only for syndromes associated with Damp-Cold.
  • Use caution for those taking insulin, sulfonylureas and other antidiabetics such as tolbutamide (Orinase), glipizide (Glucotrol) and glyburide (DiaBeta/Micronase) as there may be a synergistic effect leading to hypoglycemia.

Sm. Citri Reticulatae
Ju He

Fr. Foeniculi
Xiao Hui Xiang
Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu
(Sm. Citri Rubrum)
(Ju He)

Rx. Gentianae
Long Dan Cao
Fr. Toosendan
Chuan Lian Zi
(Fr. Gardenia)
(Zhi Zi)
(Rx. et Rz. Rhei)
(Da Huang)

Bulging disorders from Cold in the Liver Channel.

Ovarian cysts and abdominal masses.

Running piglet disorder.

Testicular pain and swelling and other hernial disorders associated with Cold.

Testicular pain, redness, and swelling due to Damp-Heat in the Liver channel.

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Rz. Corydalis
Yan Hu Suo
(Fr. Toosendan)
(Chuan Lian Zi)

Rz. Cyperi
Xiang Fu

Fr. Citri Aurantii
Zhi Ke

Chronic epigastric pain due to Liver Qi Stagnation.

Premenstrual or postpartum pain.

Abdominal pain.

Bulging disorders.

Fr. Toosendan
Chuan Lian Zi

Fr. Foeniculi
Xiao Hui Xiang

Rx. Aucklandiae
Mu Xiang
Fr. Evodiae
Wu Zhu Yu
Cx. Cinnamomi (only if signs of Cold)
Rou Gui

Running piglet disorder due to Cold in the Lower Jiao.

Ben Tun sensation.


  1. Some sources say that this herb disperses hardness.
  2. This herb treats gastralgia, testicular swelling and gynecological stasis and pain.
  3. Both Li Zhi He and Fr. Foeniculi Xiao Hui Xiang treat swelling of the testicles and to Cold-Dampness, lower abdominal masses, prolapse and pain in women, warm the Liver and dispel Lower Jiao Cold to stop pain. Li Zhi He more powerfully dredges Cold from the Liver channel and acts on Qi and Blood. Xiao Hui Xiang also enters the Kidney and Spleen channels to warm the Middle and alleviate nausea and is much more aromatic and warming.