Category: Clear Heat, Resolve ToxicityTaste: Bitter Temperature: Cold Channels: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Small Intestine
Cautions & Contraindications:
- Because this herb is bitter and cold it can readily injure the Stomach qi and should therefore not be taken long term or in too high a dosage.
Actions & Indications:
- Clears heat and resolves fire toxicity: for a wide variety of heat disorders including heat in the Lungs, throat, and urinary tract. Also for fire toxin manifestations on the skin such as sores and carbuncles. In its fresh form, applied topically for snakebite.
- Clears heat, dries dampness, and stops diarrhea: for damp-heat dysenteric disorder, hot painful urinary dribbling, and eczema. For the latter, it is usually applied topically as an ointment.