Botanical Name: Coptidis Rhizoma

Category: Clear Heat and Dry Damp

Huang Lian

Huang Lian

Taste: bitter
Temperature: cold

Channels Entered: Heart, Large Intestine, Liver, Stomach

Dosage: 1.5-9g

Cautions and Contraindications:

  • Should be used with caution in those with patterns of cold, yang deficiency, or yin deficiency, especially of the Spleen and Stomach.

Actions and Indications:

  • Clears heat and drains dampness: for damp-heat in the stomach or intestines with diarrhea or dysenteric disorder.  Also for vomiting or acid regurgitation from stomach heat.
  • Drains fire and resolves fire toxicity: for heat with blazing fire with such symptoms as high fever, irritability, disorientation, delirium, red tongue, and a rapid full pulse.  Also for heat from excess with toxicity with such symptoms as painful red eyes and sore throat, and for boils, carbuncles, and abscesses.
  • Clears heat and stops bleeding: for nosebleed, or blood in the urine, stool, or vomit due to chaotic movement of hot blood.
  • Clears heat topically: used for red and painful eyes and ulcerations of the tongue and mouth.