Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan Coptis Clearance Pill - TCM Herbal Formula

  • English Name:  Coptis Clearance Pill
  • Pinyin Name:  Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan
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Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan Ingredients

Below you will find the (14) Chinese Medicinal Herbs that are commonly used to create Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan (in alphabetical order). You may click on the name of the herb for more details.

TCM HerbEnglish NameClinical FunctionsFunctional Group
Bo HeField Mint, Mentha
  • Expels wind heat particularly from the head region - fever, headaches, red eyes, cough, sore throat.
  • Vents rashes - accelerates the activity of rashes towards the surface to quicken healing.
  • Resolves LV Qi Stagnation - emotional issues, PMS, menstrual issues, pressure in chest or sides of body.
Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
  • May contribute to insufficient lactation in nursing mothers
  • Avoid excessive sweating/use in weak patients or those who sweat easily
  • May injure yin, use caution in yin deficiency patients
Chuan XiongSzechuan Lovage Root
  • Invigorate blood, promote movement of Qi - any blood stasis pattern, important for gynecological issues (amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, difficult labor, lochioschesis).
  • Expels wind and alleviates pain - headache (temporal, vertex), dizziness, painful obstructions, skin issues.
  • Headache - moves qi upward and alleviates pain; headaches due to wind, heat, cold, blood deficiency.
Herbs That Invigorate Blood
Da HuangRhubarb
  • 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
  • Avoid During Pregnancy and During Nursing
  • Avoid in exterior disorders and deficiency of qi and/or blood
Dang GuiChinese Angelica Root
  • Tonifies the blood, regulates menses - pallid, ashen complexion, tinnitus, blurred vision, palpitations, irregular menses, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea.
  • Invigorates/harmonizes the blood, disperses cold - important herb to stop pain due to blood stasis - abdominal pain, trauma, carbuncles due to blood stasis, chronic bi.
  • Moistens dry intestines due to blood deficiency.
  • Reduces swellings, expels pus, generates flesh - sores.
Herbs That Tonify Blood
Ge GenKudzu Root, Pueraria
  • Releases muscles, clears heat - exterior disease in subcutaneous region and muscles (governed by spleen and stomach) - fever, headache, stiffness in the back and the neck.
  • Nourishes fluids, alleviates thirst - stomach heat, externally-contracted heat.
  • Vents measles - accelerates rash at early stages.
  • Alleviates diarrhea - diarrhea or dysenterial disorders due to heat; may be used for spleen deficiency diarrhea if combined with other herbs.
  • Alleviates symptoms of hypertension - headaches, dizziness, tinnitus.
Herbs That Release The Exterior Wind Heat
Huang LianCoptis 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 QinBaical 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
Jiang HuangTumeric Rhizome
  • Invigorate blood, unblock menses - chest and abdominal pain, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, pain and swelling due to trauma.
  • Promote the movement of Qi, alleviate pain - epigastric and/or abdominal pain.
  • Expel wind, promote movement of blood - wind damp painful obstruction w/blood stasis (particularly in the shoulders).
Herbs That Invigorate Blood
Jie GengBalloon Flower Rhizome
  • Opens up and disseminates lung qi, expels phlegm - cough (wind-heat/cold), benefits the throat (sore, loss of voice).
  • Promotes discharge of pus.
  • Guides other herbs to the upper body.
Herbs That Transform Phlegm Cold
Ju HuaChrysanthemum 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
  • Avoid in qi deficiency with poor appetite/diarrhea.
Lian QiaoForsythia Fruit
  • Clear heat and toxins, dissipates nodules - carbuncles and hot sores, neck lumps.
  • Expel wind-heat - fever, slight chills, sore throat, headache.
Herbs That Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity
Tian Hua FenTrichosanthes 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
  • Avoid during Pregnancy.
Xuan ShenNingpo 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

Incompatible with Li Lu.

Zhi ZiCape 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
  • Avoid in patients with loose stools and/or loss of appetite due to cold from deficiency.

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