Hu Jiao – Black Pepper – Fructus Piper

Hu Jiao

English Name: black pepper

Pharmaceutical Name: Fructus Piper

Medica Category: Interior-Warming Herbs

Properties: Hu Jiao enters the Stomach and Large Intestine channels; it is acrid in nature and hot in temperature.

What is Hu Jiao?:

The Chinese Herb Hu Jiao in the dried fruit of a tropical vine native to southern India and Sri Lanka (but now cultivated around the world) called Piper nigrum—or black pepper.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Therapeutic Actions of Hu Jiao:

Hu Jiao disperses cold and warms the middle jiao to address nausea, vomiting, and abdominal and epigastric fullness and pain due to accumulated coldness. Interestingly, powdered Hu Jiao can also be applied topically (to the umbilicus) to warm the middle.