Information on Tangerine Peel

Latin NameCitrus reticulata
Part UsedPeel
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone known.
Botanical InfoA small, spiny tree with slender branches, narrow leaflets, fragrant white flowers, and clustered yellow to orange fruits from the Citrus family.
DescriptionTangerine works to strengthen digestion, increase the appetite, and alleviate vomiting. It also acts as an expectorant and antitussive and is beneficial to the lungs. Tangerine peel is one of the most important and widely used among Chinese herbs. The herb contains small amounts of the alkaloid synephrine, a nervous system stimulant, bronchodilator, and mucus-drying agent.

Tangerine Peel has a taste of BITTER, ACRID and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Tangerine Peel

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Digestion, poordigestive tonictea


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Bensky, D. and A. Gamble. 1986. Chinese Herbal Medicine. Seattle: Eastland Press.