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Huang Lian Coptis Rhizome - Chinese Herbal Medicine


Huang Lian Names

  • English Name: Coptis Rhizome
  • Pinyin Name: Huang Lian

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Huang Lian Clinical Usages and Indications

  • 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.


Huang Lian Dosage and Prep Notes

  • Dosage: 1.5-9g




Huang Lian Appears In 6 Formulas

An Gong Niu Huang Wan

  • Calm The Palace Pill With Cattle Gallstone
    • Resuscitates, clears heat, calms shen, and expels phelgm - coma arising from stroke, convulsions, loss of consciousness.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat and Open The Orifices
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Do not take this formula when pregnant.

Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan

  • Pinellia Drain Epigastrium Pills
    • Distension and fullness of the epigastrium usually without pain.
    • Borborygmus (gurgling sounds), and diarrhea if spleen qi is affected.
    • Vomiting with possible dry heaves due to rebellious stomach qi.
  • Harmonize
  • Harmonize the Stomach and Intestines
  • Cautions
  • Do not use for epigastric distention due to food stagnation.  Use with caution if patient has yin deficiency.

Jian Pi Wan

  • Strengthen Spleen Pills
    • For stomach and spleen qi deficiency with dampness that has potentially generated mild interior-heat - diarrhea, abdominal pain, poor appetite, epigastric pain.
    • May be used in early pregnancy for more deficient patients particularly with a tendency towards miscarriage.
    • May be used with pediatric patients for poor appetite and looser stools.
  • Reduce Food Stagnation

Xiang Lian Wan

  • Aucklandia and Coptis Pills
    • Diarrhea expecially with bright blood or mucus and foul smelling resuling from damp heat.
    • Nausea, abdominal cramps or bloating, with possible loss of appetite from damp accumulation.
    • Vomitting, hiccups, excessive belching, acid reflux due to rebellious stomach qi and heat.
  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Cautions
  • Pregnancy
    • Use with caution during pregnancy.

Xie Xin Wan

  • Drain the Epigastrium Formula
  • Signs of damp-heat with interior clumping which may settle into the abdominal region and/or rise upward to the head.  Fever, irritability, red eyes, constipation, dark urine, flushed face - middle warmer issues - jaundice, dysentery, tongue/mouth ulcers.

    Pulse will be be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red, swollen with a yellow greasy tongue coating.

  • Clear Heat
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity



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