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TCM Herbs with Cold (Han) Properties



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126 Herbs In Our Database Have Cold (Han) Properties

Bai He

Bai Hua She She Cao

Bai Jiang Cao

  • Patrinia, Thiaspi
    • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, and expels pus - intestinal abscess, sores, swellings.
    • Dispels blood stasis, stops pain - for heat induced blood stasis, especially in the abdomen and chest; also for post-partum pain, post-operative pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Bai Mao Gen

  • Wolly Grass Root
    • Cools blood and stops bleeding - blood in urine, nosebleed, vomiting blood, coughing blood.
    • Clears heat and promotes urination - hot painful urination with edema and difficult urination.
    • Clears heat from the stomach and lungs - nausea and thirst due to stomach heat or wheezing due to lung heat.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Bai Tou Weng

Bai Wei

  • Swallowwort Root
    • Clears heat and Cools Blood. Particularly useful for yin deficient fever, summertime fever in children, post partum fever, and within the recovery stage of a febrile disease
    • Cools Blood and Promotes Urine. Xue Lin, especially before or after giving birth.
    • Relieves toxicity. Toxic sores, swollen and painful throat, snake bite.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood

Bai Xian Pi

Ban Lan Gen

Ban Mao

  • Cantharides, Mylabris
    • Attack toxins, wears away sores - used topically for sores, carbuncles, scrofula.
    • Breaks up blood stasis, disperses clumps - palpable non-moving masses.
  • Herbs For External Applications
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy.

Ban Zhi Lian

Bian Xu

  • Knotweed, Polygonoum
    • Clears damp-heat in the bladder - promotes urination, damp-heat lin.
    • Expels parasites - intestinal parasites.
    • Damp skin lesions - itching.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Bie Jia

  • Chinese Soft Turtle Shell
    • Nourish yin, anchor yang - yin deficiency with fever, steaming bone, night sweats, often used when accompanied with internal liver wind symptoms.
    • Invigorate blood, promotes menses, dissipates nodules - chest and flank accumulations causing pain, amenorrhea, malarial disorders with palpable masses, excessive menses due to heat in the blood.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Chan Tui

  • Cicada Moulting
    • Disperses wind, clears heat - wind-heat with loss of voice, swollen and sore throat.
    • Vents rashes - for early stage of measles with an incomplete expression of the rash.
    • Clears eyes and removes superficial visual obstruction, wind-heat eye problems - red, painful, swollen eyes, blurry vision.
    • Stops spasms and extinguishes wind - childhood febrile diseases in which wind causes convulsions, spasms, delirium or night terrors; tetanus (lockjaw).
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.
    • Avoid in cases of exterior deficiency.

Chang Shan

Chao Huang Bai

  • Dry Fried Amur Cork Tree Bark
    • The is the dry fried version of Huang Bai.  For general indications see the Huang Bai page.  Dry frying helps to moderate the bitter and cold properties of this herb.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Che Qian Zi

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  • Plantago Seeds
    • Promotes urination, clears heat - edema, lin syndromes due to damp-heat, generally in the lower warmer.
    • Solidifies the stool - diarrhea with damp-heat or damp-summerheat.
    • Clears the eyes - liver and kidney deficiency (dry eyes or cataracts) or heat in the liver channel (red, painful, swollen eyes and sensitive to light).
    • Lung heat - expels phlegm, stops cough.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Chuan Bei Mu

Chuan Lian Zi

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  • Sichuan Pagoda Tree Fruit
    • Promotes the movement of Qi and stops pain - flank, rib, abdominal pain due to liver qi stagnation or liver-stomach disharmony; hernial disorders, good w/heat signs.
    • Clears heat, dries dampness, regulates qi, alleviates pain due to damp-heat stagnant qi - same symptoms as above.
    • Kills parasites and stops pain - roundworms and tape worms (primarily for pain).
    • Compare with Xia Ku Cao, Long Dan Cao, Zhi Zi for clearing liver heat function.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi

Chuan Xin Lian

Chun Pi

  • Bark or Root Bark of Ailanthus
    • Clears heat, dries dampness, binds up intestines - chronic diarrhea due to damp-heat, with blood in the stool, chronic vaginal discharge due to damp-heat.
    • Kills parasites - roundworms.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Ci Shi

  • Magnetite
    • Anchors and calms the spirit - restlessness, palpitations, insomnia, tremors, especially with yin deficiency and ascending yang, dizziness, vertigo.
    • Tonify the kidneys and liver - improve hearing and vision.
    • Helps kidneys to grasp the qi - chronic asthma.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Da Huang

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  • Rhubarb
    • Drains heat and purges accumulations - high fever, profuse sweating, thirst, constipation, abdominal distention and pain, delirium, yellow tongue coating, full pulse which indicates intestinal heat excess or yang ming stage illness.
    • Drains heat from the blood - blood in the stool from bleeding hemorrhoids or heat in the intestine; vomting blood or nosebleed accompanied by constipation; painful eyes or fire toxin sores due to heat in the blood level.
    • Drains damp-heat via the stool - jaundice, dysentery, lin syndrome.
    • Invigorates the blood and dispels blood stasis - amenorrhea, abdominal masses, fixed pain due to blood stasis (recent and long-term blood stasis).
    • Clears heat and reduces fire toxicity - for burns, hot skin.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy and During Nursing
    • Avoid in exterior disorders and deficiency of qi and/or blood

Da Qing Ye

Dai Zhe Shi

  • Hermatite
    • Calms the liver, anchors floating yang, clears liver fire.
    • Directs rebellious qi downwards - belching, vomiting, hiccough, wheezing.
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - vomiting of blood, nosebleed.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Dan Dou Chi

Dan Zhu Ye

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  • Lophatherum Stem and Leaves
    • Clears heat - heat patterns with irritability and thirst, mouth sores and swollen, painful gums due to heat in the heart or stomach channels.
    • Promotes urination and clears damp-heat - lin syndrome, especially for heat in the small intestine channel with above symptoms and dark red tip on the tongue.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Deng Xin Cao

  • Rush Pith
    • Promotes urination and leaches out dampness - heat disorders with lin syndrome.
    • Clears heat from the heart channel into the small intestine (expelled through the urine) - pediatric sleep disorders with heat signs at night accompanied by irritability and scanty urination; adult insomnia (heart fire with kidney yin deficiency).
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Di Fu Zi

Di Gu Pi

  • Wolfberry Root Cortex
    • Drains Yin deficiency fire. Night sweats, steaming bone disorder, irritablity, thirst.
    • Clears Lung Heat. Cough, wheezing.
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. Nosebleed, vomiting blood, xue lin.
    • Drain floating kidney fire. Toothache due to deficient fire.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood

Di Long

  • Earthworm
    • Drains liver heat, stops spasms an convulsions - high fever with convulsions and seizures.
    • Clears lung heat - wheezing.
    • Clears heat in the channels and promotes movement - swollen, painful joints with limited range of motion, sequelae of wind-stroke.
    • Clears heat and promotes urination - hot painful urinary dysfunction, edema.
    • Hypertension associated with liver yang rising.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Di Yu

  • Bloodwort Root
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding in lower burner due to damp heat - bloody dysentery, bleeding hemorrhoids, uterine bleeding.
    • Clears heat and generates flesh - topically for burns, carbuncles.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Dong Gua Ren

  • Winter Melon Seed
    • Clears lung and intestinal heat, expels phlegm, discharges pus - thick, sticky, yellow phlegm, damp-heat with phlegm obstruction in the upper/lower jiao (lung/intestinal abscess).
    • Clears heat, drains dampness - leukorrhea due to damp-heat.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Dong Kui Zi

  • Musk Mallow Seeds
    • Promotes urination - lin syndromes (hot, xue, stone), edema without lin issues, constipation.
    • Benefits the breasts - insufficient lactation, painful swollen breasts, breast abscess.
    • Moisten and unblocks the bowels.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Fan Xie Ye

  • Senna
    • Drains downward, guides out stagnation - constipation due to heat.
    • Can also be used as a diet tea (1.5-3g).
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy, During Nursing, and During Menstruation

Fu Hai Shi

  • Pumice
    • Clears heat from the lungs and expels phlegm heat - thick sputum (difficult to expectorate), coughing up blood.
    • Softens hardness and dissipates phlegm nodules - scrofula.
    • Promotes urination - hot and stony painful urinary dysfunction.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

Fu Ping

  • Duckweed, Spirodela
    • Expels exterior heat - headaches, body ache, strong diaphoretic (rare in cool and acrid herbs), may be used alone.
    • Unblocks muscle level, vents rashes - accelerates rash at early stage.
    • Expels water, reduces swelling - hot superficial edema in the upper body accompanied by urinary difficulty.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cases with profuse sweating.
    • Avoid in cases of exterior deficiency.

Gan Sui

  • Kan Sui Root
    • Drains water downward, drives out congested fluid - fluid in the chest and abdomen, general edema; violent passing of water through the anus.
    • Clears heat, reduces swellings - swollen, painful skin lesions due to damp-heat.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Incompatible with Gan Cao
    • Only for strong individuals.
    • Toxic - nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain.

Gua Lou

  • Trichosanthes Fruit
    • Clears heat and transforms phlegm-heat - for heat-induced coughs with sputum that is thick and difficult to expectorate.
    • Expands the chest and dissipates nodules - constriction, pain, lung abscesses, breast abscesses.
    • The peel, Gua Lou Pi, clears and transforms phlegm heat - dissipates nodules, regulates qi - dry cough, throat, cough, difficult to expectorate sputum.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat
  • Cautions

Gua Lou Ren

Guan Zhong

  • Dryopteris Root
    • Kills parasites - tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms.
    • Drains heat and relieves fire toxicity - wind-heat colds, damp-heat induced sores, carbuncles.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - bleeding due to hot blood, uterine bleeding.
  • Herbs That Expel Parasites

Guang Fang Zi

  • Aristolochia Root, Stephania
    • Expels wind-damp-heat - diffuse aches and pains, thirst, yellow, greasy tongue coat.
    • Promotes urination and reduces edema (facial or systemic) with wheezing or leg qi.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Toxic - can lead to renal failure.

Gui Ban

  • Fresh Water Turtle Shell
    • Nourish yin, anchor yang - yin deficiency with ascending yang, night sweats, dizziness, tinnitus, steaming bone disorder.
    • Liver and kidney yin deficiency - internal wind symptoms, facial spasms, hand and feet tremors.
    • Benefits kidneys, strengthens bone - sore back, weak legs, slow skeletal growth in children.
    • Cools the blood - stops uterine bleeding due to heat in the blood, excessive menses.
    • Tonify blood, nourish the heart, calm the heart - anxiety, insomnia.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Hai Zao

Han Fang Zi

  • Stephania Root
    • Promotes urination, reduces edema - lower extremity edema, borborygmus, abdominal distention, ascites from lower jiao damp accumulation.
    • Expels wind-damp-heat, alleviates pain - fever, red, swollen, hot, painful joints.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Han Shui Shi

  • Calcitum
    • Drains fire and expels summer-heat - high fever, irritability, thirst, yellow tongue coat associated with summer heat.
    • Burns and sores, throat and oral ulcers (topically).
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in cold cases arising from spleen or stomach deficiency.

Hu Huang Lian

  • Pierorhizae Rhizome
    • Drains damp-heat - dysentery, sores.
    • Clears deficient heat - yin deficiency heat symptoms.
    • Clears heat and reduces childhood nutritional impairment - abdominal distention, afternoon fever, dysentery.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Hu Zhang

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  • Bushy Knotweed Root
    • Invigorates blood and dispels stasis - amenorrhea, wind-damp painful obstruction, traumatic injury.
    • Clears heat and resolves dampness - damp heat jaundice, turbid vaginal discharge.
    • Drains heat, transforms phlegm - cough due to lung heat, constipation.
    • Discharges toxins - burns, carbuncles (topically).
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Hua Shi

  • Talcum Powder
    • Promotes urination, drains heat from the bladder - important herb for hot lin syndromes, also for damp heat generated diarrhea.
    • Clears heat, summer heat (w/urinary difficult) and damp-heat through urine.
    • Absorbs dampness (oozing eczema) - used topically for damp skin lesions.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Huang Bai

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  • Amur Cork Tree Bark, Phellodendron
    • Drains damp heat from the lower jiao - thick-yellow leukorrhea, foul-smelling diarrhea, dysentery; damp-heat pouring downward or hot leg qi - red, swollen, painful knees, legs, and/or feet; damp-heat jaundice.
    • Drains kidney fire with signs of yin deficiency - steaming bone disorder, night sweats, afternoon fever and sweating, nocturnal emissions, spermatorrhea.
    • Drains fire, relieves toxicity - sores and lesions of the skin.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Huang Lian

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  • Coptis Rhizome
    • Drains fire, relieves toxicity - high fever, irritability, disorientation, delirium, painful, red eyes, red tongue, sore throat, boils, carbuncles, abscesses.
    • Clears heat, drains dampness - for damp-heat in the stomach or intestine, diarrhea or dysenteric disorder, vomiting and/or acid regurgitation due to stomach heat.
    • Clears heart fire - irritability, insomnia.
    • Clears heat and stops bleeding - nosebleed, blood in the urine, stool, vomiting due to hot blood.
    • Topically for red, painful eyes and ulcerations of the tongue and mouth.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Huang Qin

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  • Baical Skullcap Root, Scutellaria
    • Clears heat, drains fire, especially from the upper warmer - heat patterns with fever, irritability, thirst, cough, thick, yellow sputum, hot sores and swellings.
    • Clears heat, dries dampness - damp-heat in the stomach or intestines, diarrhea, dysentery; damp warm-febrile disease with fever, stifling sensation in the chest, thirst with no desire to drink; damp-heat in the lower jiao - lin syndrome; damp-heat jaundice.
    • Clears heat, stops bleeding - vomiting and/or coughing of blood, nosebleed, blood in the stool.
    • Clears heat, calms the fetus - restless fetus due to heat.
    • Sedates liver yang rising - headache, irritability, red eyes, bitter taste, flushed face.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Ji Xue Cao

  • Asiatic Pennywort, Gotu Kola
    • Useful for gastrointestinal disorders related to damp heat - pain, dysentery, enteritis.  Liver involved symptoms such as jaundice.
    • Diarrhea from summerheat.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - nosebleeds, bleeding in the urine, uterine bleeding.
    • Useful to clear heat from the liver and benefit the eyes - glaucoma, cataracts, pinkeye.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in pregnancy.

Jin Sha Teng

  • Japanese Fern
    • Useful for damp heat patterns in the lower warmer, stones in the urine (damp-heat obstruction / painful urination).
    • Eliminate fire toxins - sore throat, mumps.
    • Useful in some cases of high fevers in infants.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during pregnancy.

Jin Yin Hua

Jiu Chao Zhi Mu

  • Wine Fried Anemarrhena Rhizome
    • This is the wine fried version of zhi mu.  For general usage information see the Zhi Mu page.  Frying helps to moderate the bitter and cold aspects.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire

Ju Hua

  • Chrysanthemum Flower
    • Disperses wind, clears heat (bitter, cold) - headache, fever.
    • Clears liver and the eyes (sweet, cold) - wind-heat in the liver channel manifesting with red, painful, dry eyes or excessive tearing, or yin deficiency of the kidneys and liver with floaters, blurry vision, or dizziness.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in qi deficiency with poor appetite/diarrhea.

Ku Shen

Kun Bu

Lian (Zi) Xin

  • Lotus Plumule
    • Drains heart fire - for warm-febrile disease where heat collapses into the pericardium channel causing confusion, delirium; insomnia and irritability due to excessive heart fire.
    • Stops bleeding, binds the essence - vomiting blood, spermatorrhea.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with abdominal masses and/or constipation.

Ling Yang Jiao

  • Antelope Horn
    • Extinguishes wind, controls spasms and convulsions - spasms, convulsions, seizures, expecially in children with high fever.
    • Calms the liver, anchors the yang - for liver yang rising, dizziness, headache, red eyes, photophobia, spasms, convulsions.
    • Drains heat and fire - delirium, manic behavior, loss of consciousness, heat in the pericardium.
  • Herbs That Extinguish Wind and Stop Tremors

Long Dan Cao

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  • Chinese Gentian Root, Gentiana
    • Drains damp-heat from the liver and gallbladder channels - red, swollen, sore throat, eyes, and/or ears, sudden deafness, jaundice, pain, swelling or dampness in the genital region, or foul smelling vaginal discharge and itching.
    • Clears ascending liver fire - headache, red eyes; liver wind-heat with fever, spasms, convulsions, flank pain.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Lu Gen

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  • Reed Rhizome
    • Clears heat, generates fluids - heat patterns with high fever, irritability, thirst.
    • Clears lung heat - cough, thick yellow sputum.
    • Clears stomach heat - vomiting, belching.
    • Clears heat, diuretic - dark, scanty urine, xue lin, accompanied by thirst and irritability.
    • Encourages rashes to the surface - for febrile disease with rashes that are incompletely expressed.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with spleen or stomach cold from deficiency.

Lu Hui

  • Dried Aloe Leaf Juice
    • Drains fire and guides out accumulation - constipation, dizziness, red eyes, irritability; good for chronic cases.
    • Kills parasites, strengthens stomach - roundworms and ringworms.
    • Clears heat and cools the liver - epigastric discomfort, dizziness, headache, tinnitus, irritability, constipation, and fever due to heat in the liver channel.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy and During Menstruation

Luo Shi Teng

  • Star Jasmine Stem
    • Dispels wind-hot-damp bi and spasms of the sinews.
    • Cools the blood and reduces swellings - toxic sores, sore throat.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Ma Chi Xian

  • Purslane, Portulaca
    • Clears fire toxicity and cools the blood - damp-heat of fire toxin dysentery, hot or bloody lin syndrome.
    • Clears damp-heat and treats sores - fire toxin carbuncles or sores, as well as red and white vaginal discharge.
    • Antidote for wasp stings and snakebites.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Ma Dou Ling

  • Birthwort Fruit
    • Clears the lungs, transforms phlegm - cough, wheezing due to either lung heat or lung deficiency accompanied by heat signs, as long as there is phlegm clogging the lungs.
    • Hypertension, bleeding hemorrhoids.
  • Herbs That Relieve Coughing and Wheezing
  • Cautions
    • Contains Aristolochic Acid.

Ma Qian Zi

  • Nux-Vomica Seeds
    • Unblock the channels, disperse clumps - reduces swelling and alleviates pain.
    • Abscess, yin-type ulcers, pain due to trauma, wind-damp obstruction.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Mai Men Dong

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  • Ophiopogon Tuber
    • Moistens the lungs, stops cough - dry cough, coughing blood.
    • Augments stomach yin, generates fluids - dry tongue and mouth.
    • Clears heat and eliminates irritability due to yin deficiency or a warm-febrile disease in the ying level - particularly when symptoms are worse at night.
    • Moistens the intestines - constipation.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Mang Xiao

  • Glauber's Salt
    • Purges accumulations, guides out stagnation - heat in the stomach and intestines with constipation; moistens dryness and softens hardness.
    • Clears heat, reduces swelling - red, swollen, painful eyes, mouth, and/or throat; red, swollen skin lesions including breast problems.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy, while nusrsing, during menstruation.
    • Avoid in the elderly.
    • Avoid in cases of excess heat.

Ming Fan

  • Alum
    • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites, dry dampness, alleviate itch.
    • Topical wash for scabies, ringworm, damp or damp heat rash.
    • Swollen painful eyes, throat, and jaundice.
    • Stops bleeding, alleviates diarrhea - chronic blood in the stool/urine, hemorrhoidal bleeding, nosebleed, bleeding gums, any external bleeding.
    • Clears heat, expels phlegm, wind phlegm - irritability, delirium, convulsions, cough with thick sticky sputum.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Niu Bang Zi

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  • Great Burdock Fruit, Arctium
    • Expels wind-heat (acrid), benefits throat - fever, cough, sore, red, swollen throat.
    • Clears heat (bitter, cold), relieves toxicity, vents rashes - red swellings, carbuncles, mumps, acute febrile rashes, early stages of measles with incomplete expression.
    • Moistens intestines (rich plant oil - slippery) - constipation due to wind-heat (cold nature of the herb).
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in qi deficiency, diarrhea, lack of excess heat.
    • Avoid when open sores and/or carbuncles are present.

Pang Da Hai

  • Boat Sterculia Seed
    • Clears and disseminates lung qi - sore throat, hoarseness, phlegm-heat cough, constrained lung qi.
    • Clears intestines and unblocks the bowels - constipation due to heat.
    • Encourages expression of rashes (adjunctive herb).
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

Pu Gong Ying

Qian Cao Gen

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  • Rubia Root
    • Cools the blood to stop bleeding - vomiting blood, nosebleed, coughing blood, blood in stool, uterine bleeding, any bleeding due to hot blood.
    • Invigorates blood to dispel blood stasis - pain associated with blood stasis, especially chest and flank pain, trauma, joint pain, early stage of carbuncles.
  • Herbs That Stop Bleeding

Qian Hu

Qian Niu Zi

  • Morning Glory Seed
    • Drives out water - for heat accumulation in the stomach or intestines, severe constipation, abdominal distention, urinary difficulty (water is expelled through urine and stool).
    • Unblocks the bowels and removes accumulations - constipation due to accumulation and stagnation of damp-heat in the stomach and intestines.
    • Drives out phlegm and congested fluids - cough, wheezing, chest fullness.
    • Expels intestinal parasites and reduces food stagnation - roundworm or tapeworm infestations and food stagnation.
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Antagonist with Ba Dou
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.
    • Toxic, may cause nausea, vomiting.

Qin Pi

  • Bark of Korean Ash Branch
    • Drains damp-heat - dysentery (bloody).
    • Drains liver fire - eyes with redness, swelling, pain, or the formation of superficial visual obstruction.
    • Clears wind-damp - painful hot obstruction.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Qing Dai

  • Indigo Naturalis
    • Cools the blood - can be useful for bleeding disorders, nosebleeds, bruising/blotches at the skin level.
    • Clears heat/toxic heat - cough, particularly with yellow mucus, sore throat, mouthsores, mumps.
    • Drains liver fire/calms liver wind - convulsions, clear summerheat affecting the liver system in particular.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution in patients with cold in the stomach and/or very deficient spleen/stomach qi.
    • Some patients may have skin allergic reactions to the herb.

Qing Fen

  • Calomel
    • Relieves toxicity, kills parasites - external wash for scabies and syphilitic chancres.
    • Expels water and unblocks the bowels and bladder.
  • Herbs For External Applications

Qing Hao

  • Wormwood
    • Clears summer heat - fever, headache, dizziness, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Clears deficient fever - unremitting fever or night fever with no sweating (from blood deficiency or sequel of febrile disease).
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - purpuric rash, nosebleed due to heat in the blood.
    • Malarial disorders - alternating fever and chills.
  • Herbs That Clear and Relieve Summerheat

Qu Mai

  • Dianthus
    • Clears damp heat, promotes urination, unblocks lin syndrome - for any lin, especially xue lin.
    • Breaks up blood stasis - amenorrhea due to blood stasis.
    • Unblocks the bowels - constipation.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Ren Dong Teng

Sang Bai Pi

Sang Shen

  • Mulberry Fruit-Spike
    • Tonifies blood and enriches yin - dizziness, tinnitus, insomnia, premature graying of the hair.
    • Constipation due to blood deficiency in the elderly, xiao ke due to yin deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Blood

Sang Ye

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  • White Mulberry Leaf
    • Expels wind, clears lung heat - wind-heat with fever, headache, sore throat; also for lung dryness causing dry mouth, dry cough, lung heat with thick and yellow sputum.
    • Cools liver and clears the eyes - liver channel eye problems due to wind-heat or yin deficiency, red, sore, dry or painful eyes, floaters.
    • Cools the blood and stops bleeding - mild cases of vomiting blood due to heat in the blood.
  • Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat

Sang Zhi

Shan Dou Gen

  • Subprostrate, Sophora Root
    • Clears heat, relieves fire toxicity, improves throat - painful, swollen throat.
    • Clears the lungs - cough due to lung heat.
    • Damp-heat jaundice.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Shang Lu

  • Poke Root
    • Drives out water through the urethra and anus - edema associated with severe constipation and urinary difficulty.
    • Reduces sores and carbuncles (topically).
  • Herbs That Drain Downward
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

She Gan

  • Belamcanda Rhizome
    • Clears heat, relieves toxicity, improves the throat - painful, swollen throat due to fire excess, fire toxin, or phlegm-heat obstruction.
    • Transforms phlegm, clears the lungs - cough, wheezing, and phlegm.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Sheng Di Huang

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  • Rehmannia
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. High fever, thirst, scarlet tongue, hemorrhage due to heat in the Blood.
    • Nourishes Yin, Generates Fluids. Yin Deficiency with heat signs with injury to body fluids. Dry mouth, low-grade fever, constipation, throat pain from yin deficiency.
    • Cools Ascending Heart Fire (HT, LV). Mouth and tongue sores, irritability, insomnia, malar flush.
    • Wasting thirst disorder.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
  • Spleen Deficiency, Yang Deficiency, Damp Phlegm, Digestion Difficulties.

Shi Gao

  • Gypsum
    • The most important herb to clear internal heat, especially in the qi and yang ming levels.
    • Clears heat, drains fire (heavy, descending) - high fever with no chills, excessive thirst, sweating, flooding and big pulse (the "4 bigs"), irritability, red tongue with yellow coat.
    • Clears excess lung heat - cough, wheezing, fever, thick yellow sputum.
    • Clears blazing stomach fire - headache, toothache, painful and swollen gums.
    • Topically for eczema, burns, ulcerated sores; may also be taken internally.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with a weak stomach, weak pulse, and yang deficiency.
    • Avoid in cases with heat from yin deficiency.

Shi Hu

  • Dendrobium Stem
    • Nourish yin, clear heat, generate fluids - severe thirst, parched mouth, intractable fever associated with yin deficiency (occurring from injury to fluids from warm febrile disease).
    • Nourish stomach yin - dry heaves, stomach ache, xiao ke, shiny tongue with little coating.
    • Brighten vision, strengthen lower back.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Shi Jue Ming

Shi Shang Bo

  • Doederlein's Spikemoss
    • Clears heat in the lungs - sore throat, cough, asthma, mastitis.
    • Damp heat related rheumatoid arthritis, jaundice, pain and/or swelling in the eyes.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Shi Wei

  • Pyrrosia Leaves
    • Promotes urination, drains damp-heat from the bladder - hot, stone, xue lin.
    • Clears heat and stops bleeding - vomiting, uterine bleeding.
    • Clears the lungs, expels phlegm, relieves cough - lung heat, wheezing.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Su Jiu Gui Ban

  • Deep Fried Fresh Water Turtle Shell
    • This is the deep fried version of Gui Ban.  For more information see the Gui Ban page.  Deep frying helps to moderate the cold action of the herb.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Tian Hua Fen

  • Trichosanthes Root
    • Clears and drains lung heat, transforms phlegm, moistens lung dryness.
    • Drains heat, generates fluid (fluids injured) - thirst, irritability, wasting and thirsting disorder, cough, thick sputum.
    • Relieves toxicity, expels pus - toxic hot carbuncles, breast abscess.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Tian Men Dong

  • Asparagus Tuber
    • Nourish kidney yin, clear lung heat - yin deficiency with heat signs in the upper warmer, dryness of mouth, thick or blood-streaked sputum that is difficult to expectorate.
    • Moisten the lungs, nourish kidneys, generate fluids - lung and kidney yin deficiency, especially xiao ke, low grade afternoon fever, constipation.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Tian Zhu Huang

  • Siliceous Secretions of Bamboo
    • Clears and transforms phlegm-heat - difficult to expectorate sputum.
    • Clears heat and arrests convulsions - spasms, convulsions due to phlegm-heat, especially in children.
  • Herbs That Cool and Transform Phlegm Heat

Ting Li Zi

  • Descurainia Seeds
    • Drains lung heat, reduces phlegm, calms wheezing - excess type wheezing and coughing with excess sputum and gurgling sound in the throat.
    • Moves water, reduces edema - facial edema, fluid accumulation in the chest and abdomen, urinary difficulty.
  • Herbs That Relieve Coughing and Wheezing

Tong Cao

  • Rice Paper Pith
    • Promotes urination and clears heat - for damp warm febrile disease or damp-heat lin.
    • Promotes lactation.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Tu Bie Chong

  • Wingless Cockroach
    • Breaks up and drives out blood stasis - wide variety of blood stasis such as abdominal masses and amenorrhea, numb and swollen tongue due to blood stasis.
    • Renews joints, sinews, bones - contusions, fractures, lacerations.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid During Pregnancy

Wu Bei Zi

  • Gallnut of Chinese Sumac
    • Contain leakage of lung qi - stop chronic cough due to deficient lung.
    • Binds the intestines, stops diarrhea - diarrhea, dysentery, chronic blood in the stool, rectal prolapse.
    • Restrains leakage - nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, excessive sweat, bleeding.
    • Absorbs moisture, reduces swellings, relieves fire toxicity - topically for sores, ringworm, ulcerated skin, scars.
  • Herbs That Stabilize and Bind

Xi Gua

Xi Jiao

  • Rhinoceros Horn
    • Clears Heat, Relieves Fire Toxicity, Cools Blood, Arrests Tremors. Erythema, nosebleed, vomiting blood, delirium, convulsions, manic behavior, loss of consciousness.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy, Yin Deficiency Fever, Incompatible (antagonist) with Chuan Wu Tou and Cao Wu Tou.

Xi Xian Cao

  • Siegesbeckia Plant
    • Dispels wind-heat-damp bi - facial paralysis, hemiplegia.
    • Calms the spirit, pacifies the liver - irritability, insomnia, liver yang rising, headache, dizziness.
  • Herbs That Dispel Wind Dampness

Xi Yang Shen

  • American Ginseng Root
    • Benefits qi, generates fluids, nourishes yin - for yin deficiency with heat signs, weakness, irritability and thirst after a febrile disease.
    • Nurtures lung yin and clears fire from the lungs - wheezing, coughing up blood streaked sputum, loss of voice due to lung yin deficiency.
  • Herbs That Tonify Yin

Xia Ku Cao

  • Selfheal Spike, Prunella
    • Clears liver and brightens the eyes - ascending liver fire with red, painful, swollen eyes, headache, dizziness (stronger than Mi Meng Hua, Jue Ming Zi, Qing Xiang Zi in clearing heat).
    • Clears heat and dissipates nodules - neck lumps, scrofula, lipoma, goiter, swollen glands due to phlegm fire.
    • Hypertension accompanied by liver fire or yang rising.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with stomach or spleen deficiency.

Xian Lu Gen

  • Fresh Reed Rhizome
    • This is Lu Gen in its fresh form.  See the Lu Gen page for all indications.  
    • Xian Lu Gen is stronger in clearing heat, generating body fluids and promoting urination than the dried herb.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire

Xiong Dan

  • Bear Gallbladder
    • Clears heat and alleviates spasms - high fever and convulsions in febrile disease.
    • Topically to relieve fire toxicity, hot skin lesions.
    • Red, painful eyes due to liver fire.
    • Reduces swelling and pain - trauma, sprains, fracture, hemorrhoids.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire

Xuan Shen

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  • Ningpo Figwort Root, Scrophularia
    • Clears Heat, Cools Blood. Bleeding, fever, dry mouth, purplish tongue.
    • Nourishes Yin. Particularly for the sequel of warm febrile disease with constipation, irritability.
    • Drains Fire, Relieves Toxicity. Swollen, red eyes, sore throat.
    • Softens Harness (salty), Dissipates phlegm fire nodules. Swollen, sore throat, neck lumps.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood
  • Cautions
  • Incompatible with Li Lu.

Ya Dan Zi

  • Java Brucea Fruit, Brucea
    • Treats dysenteric disorders - chronic cold stagnation dysentery, alternating hard and soft stool; protozoan induced dysentery.
    • Intermittent fever and chills - malarial disorders.
    • Topically for warts and corns.
  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Cautions
    • Toxic to stomach, liver, and kidneys.

Ye Gu

  • Ghost Flower
    • Swellings in the throat
    • Urinary tract infections, other bladder/kidney issues including cancer
    • Used in folk remedies for diabetes
    • Used for a range of liver disease including cancer
    • Arthritis and other systemic inflammatory conditions

     

  • Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Ye Ju Hua

Ye Ming Sha

  • Bat Feces
    • Clears liver and improves vision - night blindness, cataracts.
    • Childhood nutritional impairment.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Yi Mu Cao

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  • Chinese Motherwort
    • Invigorates blood and regulates menses for gynecological issues - PMS, abdominal pain, irregular menses, abdominal masses, infertility, post partum abdominal pain w/lochioschesis, stasis from blood deficiency.
    • Promotes urination and reduces swelling - acute systemic edema.
  • Herbs That Invigorate Blood
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Yi Yi Ren

  • Seeds of Job's Tears
    • Promotes urination, drains dampness - edema, difficult urination, damp leg qi.
    • Strengthens the spleen, stops diarrhea.
    • Clears heat and expels pus - carbuncles, lung or intestinal abscesses.
    • Expels wind-damp, relieves joint and muscle pain.
    • Clears damp-heat - any damp-heat disorder at any level with greasy tongue coating and digestive problems.
  • Herbs That Drain Dampness

Ze Xie

Zhe Bei Mu

Zhen Zhu

  • Pearl
    • Sedates the heart - tremor, palpitations, seizures, childhood convulsions.
    • Clears the liver - blurred vision.
    • Promotes healing, generates flesh - ulcers of the gums or throat.
  • Herbs That Anchor, Settle and Calm The Spirit

Zhi Mu

  • Anemarrhena Rhizome
    • Clears heat, drains fire - high fever, irritability, thirst, and a rapid flooding pulse in patterns of excessive heat in the lungs and/or stomach; cough due to lung heat with thick yellow sputum.
    • Nourishes yin, moistens dryness - deficiency of lung and kidney yin, night sweats, steaming bone disorder, irritability, afternoon or low-grade fevers, bleeding gums, five-center heat; also for kidney heat signs - spermatorrhea, nocturnal emission, high sexual desire.
    • Generates fluids and clears heat - oral ulcers and inflammation due to yin deficiency, wasting and thirsting disorder.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with diarrhea from spleen deficiency.

Zhi Shi

  • Immature Bitter Orange
    • Breaks up Qi stagnation, reduces accumulations, transforms phlegm - epigastric or abdominal pain and distention or indigestion w/focal distention or gas.
    • Directs qi downward and unblocks bowels - frequently used for abdominal pain and constipation by accumulation and stagnant Qi.
    • Transforms phlegm and expels focal.
    • Used with Qi tonifying herbs for the prolapse of organs.
    • Raises blood pressure.
  • Herbs That Regulate The Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid during Pregnancy.

Zhi Zi

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  • Cape Jasmine Fruit, Gardenia
    • Clears heat (Heart and Liver), eliminates irritability - heat patterns with fever, restlessness, insomnia, delirium, stifling sensation in the chest.
    • Drains damp heat - lin (urinary dysfunction) syndrome due to damp-heat in the lower warmer, damp-heat and constrained liver and gallbladder causing jaundice, damp-heat in the gall bladder and triple heater channels of the face - eyes, nose, sores in the mouth and face.
    • Cools the blood, stops bleeding - nosebleed, blood in vomit, stool, urine; (needs to partially charred).
    • Topically for blood stasis due to trauma, reduces swelling.
  • Herbs That Drain Fire
  • Cautions
    • Avoid in patients with loose stools and/or loss of appetite due to cold from deficiency.

Zhu Ru

Zi Cao

  • Groomwell Root, Lithospermum
    • Clears Heat, Cools the Blood, Relieves Fire Toxicity while Venting Rashes. Encourages rashes to surface, often for fire toxin with very dark purple rashes.
    • Topically. Clears damp heat, damp heat skin lesion, vaginal itching, burns.
    • Moisten Intestines, Unblock Bowels. Heat in the blood with constipation.
  • Herbs That Cool The Blood

Zi Hua Di Ding




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