Clear Heat - General Herbal Formula Category Concepts


Clear Heat Functional Grouping

Heat can be found at the qi level, blood level (xue), nutritive level (ying) and within particular organ systems. Proper diagnosis is very important when working to clear heat as improper use of cooling herbs/formulas can weaken the yang and cause any variety of health problems. The formulas within this section are often used for relatively short periods of time with somewhat acute conditions.

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The Clear Heat Category Contains (23) TCM formulas In Our Database

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 and Open The Orifices
  • Ba Wei Dai Xia Fang

    Eight Herb Powder for Vaginal Discharge


    • Clearing damp heat in the lower warmer, particularly with underlying blood deficiency - vaginal disharge, vaginal itching, vaginal inflammation along with constipation, possibly anemia, low back pain, and/or abdominal pain.  Leukorrhea may be yellow, white or red.
    • Gonorrhea, syphilis.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • Bai Hu Wan

    White Tiger Decoction


    • In 6 channel theory, Yang ming channel heat or the "4 bigs" - big thirst, big sweat, big thirst, big pulse - accordingly, fever, thirst, profuse sweating, aversion to heat.
    • Many symptoms may fit the larger pattern, may arise with advanced diabetes, certain immune issues such as the flu, common cold, bronchial asthma, and a range of digestive issues such as gastritis.
  • Clear Heat From The Qi Level
  • Bao Ji Wan

    Protect and Relieve Pills


    • Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen.
    • Foul smelling belching or gas with diarrhea due to heat in the intestine.
    • May alleviate some hangover symptoms.
    • Also useful to treat food poisoning. 
  • Clear Heat From The Organs
  • Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Wan

    Bupleurum, Cinnamon Twig and Ginger Decoction


    • Shaoyang disorder with water accumulation - A modification of xiao chai hu tang with gui zhi and gan jiang to work with mixed pattern cases of "heat above, cold below".  Generally for patients with exterior conditions that have not cleared with releasing treatments for more than 5 days to a week.  Common colds, flu - alternating periods of chills and fever, fullness/distention in the chest, irritability (shaoyang symptoms) with perspiration on the head/upper body, thirst, possibly painful urination and/or loose stools (water accumulation).
    • Insomnia with the right underlying factors.
  • Clear Heat From The Qi Level
  • Chu Kou Wei Wan

    Chu Kou Wei Wan


    • Acid reflux and/or burning sensation in the epigastrium, throat, or mouth from stomach fire.
    • Ulcers, sores, or other types of abcess in the mouth due to persistent stomach heat.
    • Constant sense of hunger or noticable increse in appetite.
    • Commonly used to treat bad breath (halitosis).
  • Clear Heat From The Organs
  • Fu Fang Qing Dai Wan

    Indigo Combo Pills


    • Itching, rashes, general skin irritation especially of the type that moves around or is intermittent.
    • Insect bites, allergic contact dermatitis, poison ivy/oak/sumac, sun burn.
  • Clear Heat From The Nutritive Level and Cool The Blood
  • Fu Fang Zhen Zhu An Chuang Wan

    Margarite Acne Pills


    • Cystic acne, pimples.
    • Skin irritation due to damp heat - eczema, boils, carbuncles, etc.
    • With appropriate diagnosis can be used for acute dermatitis, poison ivy/oak.
  • Clear Heat From The Nutritive Level and Cool The Blood
  • Gan Mao Ling

    Miraculous Cold Pills


    • Common cold and flu patterns, particularly at the early stages.
    • Can be used in lieu of actual bacterial or viral infection as long as flu or cold like symptoms are manifest.
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Huang Lian Jie Du Wan

    Coptis Decoction To Relieve Toxicity


    • Clears fire toxins (damp heat, toxic heat, fire) from all three jiaos - formula has an antibiotic function which has a broad range of uses in conditions arising from damp heat in the body.  Acute bacterial infections, dystentary, fever (of unknown origin), acute bronchitis, acute conjunctivitis, UTI.
    • Hypertension when it arises from fire/toxic heat.
    • A range of skin issues - boils, acne, mastitis, pyogenic skin infections, gingivitis.
    • Disorders of the middle jiao - hepatitis (particularly acute infectious), jaundice, H-pylori, gastritis.
    • Arrest bleeding in reckless bleeding from heat.
    • Gu syndrome conditions with the right underyling factors - IBS, Lyme, other inflammatory conditions.
  • Clear Heat From The Qi Level
  • Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan

    Coptis Clearance Pill


    • Dispels wind heat, clear toxic heat - generally used short-term for inflammatory conditions of the face, mouth, head - sore throat, conjunctivitis, acne, swollen gums.
    • Can be a supportive formula for liver fire conditions resulting in headache, tinnitus, dizziness, vertigo.
    • A range of yang ming heat issues - constipation, halitosis, gingivitis.
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Long Dan Xie Gan Wan

    Gentiana Purge Liver Formula


    • Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, easily angered, headache, dizziness, red, and possibly sore, eyes resulting from liver fire rising.
    • Urinary symptoms such as painful, hot urination perhaps with swollen genitalia, dark and/or turbid urine from damp heat accumulation in the lower jiao.
    • Leukorrhea of yellow color with a strong odor.
  • Clear Heat From The Organs
  • Ma Ying Long

    Musk Hemorrhoid Ointment


    • Hemorrhoids and/or constipation from an accumulation of damp-heat and toxins in the lower jiao - possibly bleeding hemorrhoids, pain, rectal prolapse, anal itching.  Shrinks swollen tissue, helps to remove decayed tissue and stimulate new growth.  Available as a cream and suppositories and may be combined with other oral formulas depending on the needs of the patient.
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Pu Ji Xiao Du Wan

    Universal Benefit Decoction To Eliminate Toxin


    • Acute febrile disorder (wind-heat & damp-phlegm) of the head - strong fever and chills, burning pain of head and face, red and/or swollen eyes, sore throat, aversion to cold, dryness, thirst.  Hemorrhagic fever, Respiratory Tract Infection, Acute tonsillitis, otitis media, lymphadenitis, Common Cold, Flu.  More common seasonally in the winter or spring.
    • Disperse wind-heat - cellulitis in the head and face, herpes, boils.
    • Has a range of antibiotic and antiviral effects.
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Qing Hao Bie Jia Wan

    Artemisia Annua and Soft-Shelled Turtle Formula


    Heat at night (nightsweats, sensation of heat) with a sensation of coolness in the early morning/upon waking, no effect on appetite.

    Pulse will be fine and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.

  • Clear Heat From Deficiency
  • Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan

    Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi


    • Please note that there are two formulas with the same name but slightly different compositions.  One is from Wang's Wen Re Jing Wei and tonifies the yin more strongly, the other (which is the one discussed here) is from Li's Pi Wei Lun (Discussion of the Spleen and Stomach) and tonifies the spleen more strongly.  Both have similar usages but are not directly interchangeable.  
    • Clears summerheat and dries dampness - summer colds and flus, heatstroke - fever, fatigue, excessive sweating with loose stools and heaviness in the body.
    • Along with respiratory infections in the right cases certain types of asthma may be appropriate for this formula.
    • Dampheat related inflammatory condtions such as Colitis are approprirate with the right underlying factors.
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with symptoms of spleen deficiency and heat.
    • Wtih the right underlying factors the range of perimenopausal symptoms may be appropriate - low libido, fatigue, water retention, fibroids, heavy cycles.  Where this appear with spleen qi deficiency signs and kidney weakness, this formula may be appropriate.
  • Relieve Summerheat
  • San Huang Xie Xin Wan

    Drain The Epigastrium Decoction


    • Damp-heat excess with interior climbing - fever, restlessness, red eyes, constipation, possibly in severe cases delirium from high fever.
    • A range of digestive/epigastric issues from damp-heat - gastroenteritis, hepatitis, dysentary, hemorrhoids, etc.
    • Certain psychological conditions with damp-heat background - schizophrenia, anxiety, as well as obstructive conditions such as sleep apnea.
    • Due to the "clear heat in the blood" aspect, possible usages for digestive bleeding, vascular headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, epistaxis, dental abscesses, mouth sores, etc.
    • Has a broad anti-inflammatory effect, accordingly with the right underlying patterns may be used for atherosclerosis, upper respiratory infections and issues such as diabetic nephropathy.
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Wu Ji Bai Feng Wan

    Black Chicken White Phoenix Pills


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  • Clear Heat From Deficiency
  • Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan

    Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life


    • Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins - sores, carbuncles, boils, styes, acne.  Swollen and painful skin lesions with other heat signs (chills/fever). 
    • Breast abscesses, mastitis.
    • Uses for rheumatoid arthritis and/or psoriasis with the right underlying diagnosis.
    • Internal abscesses from blood stasis.
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • 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.
    • The modifications in Jia Wei Xiang Lian Wan add more movement and stronger heat clearing from the base.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
  • 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 and Relieve Toxicity
  • Yi Zi Wan

    Decoction B


    • Hemorrhoids and/or constipation from an accumulation of damp-heat and toxins in the lower jiao - possibly bleeding hemorrhoids, pain, rectal prolapse, anal itching.
    • With the right underlying factors may also be useful for vaginal bleeding with abdominal pain, possibly with dark clots.
  • Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
  • Yin Chen Hao Wan

    Artemisiae Scopariae Decoction


    • Used for a range of liver, gallbladder and pancreatic disorders arising from damp heat.  Symptoms such as jaundice, urinary difficulty, nausea, bloating and more.
    • Western conditions could be cirrhosis, gallbladder disease, alcohol toxicity and more.
    • May involve other psychiatric conditions as well such as manic depression, anger outbursts, etc.
  • Clear Damp-Heat
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