Botanical Name – Citrus reticulata
Chinese Name – CHEN PI
English Name – Tangerine Peel
The tangerine (Citrus tangerina) is a group of orange-colored citrus fruit consisting of hybrids of mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata). The name was first used for fruit coming from Tangier, Morocco, described as a mandarin variety. Under the Tanaka classification system, Citrus tangerina is considered a separate species. Under the Swingle system, tangerines are considered to be a group of mandarin (C. reticulata) varieties. Genetic study has shown tangerines to be mandarin orange hybrids containing some pomelo DNA. Some differ only in disease resistance.
The Citrus reticulata tree is more drought-tolerant than the fruit. The mandarin is tender and is damaged easily by cold. It can be grown in tropical and subtropical areas. Citrus reticulata is a moderate-sized tree usually not exceeding 4 m in height; however, a 30-year-old tree can reach 5 metres.
Medicinal Action and Uses
Antiemetic – Tangerine peel is used in Chinese and western medicine to help lessen the severity of nausea and vomiting.Chen Pi can treat nausea and vomiting caused by viruses; motion sickness; morning sickness; and food poisoning. It can also be used to treat belching.
Expectorant – It can be used with pinellia and poria to help phlegm congeal, reduce cough and ease discomfort in the chest and diaphragm.
Stomachic – Chen Pi is mostly used for its ability to regulate the digestive systems. The Spleen, in Chinese Medicine, is said to carry out an important role in digestion. It is considered to have a transportive role where it ensures nutrients are delivered to where they are most needed. Chen Pi is thought to aid the spleen and it is prescribed to treat digestive related symptoms such as fullness, distention, or bloating in the abdominal or epigastric region.
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