Botanical Name: Scutellariae Radix

Category: Clear Heat and Dry Damp

Huang Qin

Huang Qin

Taste: Bitter

Channels Entered: lung, stomach, large intestine

Dosage: 3-9g

Actions and Indications:

  • Clears heat and dries dampness: a major herb for damp heat in the stomach or intestines which manifests as diarrhea or dysenteric disorder; damp-warmth which presents with fever, stifling sensation in the chest, and thirst with inability to drink; or for damp heat in the lower burner with painful urinary dribbling.  An auxiliary herb for damp-heat jaundice.
  • Clear heat and resolves toxicity, especially in the upper burner: for heat patterns with high fever, irritability, thirst, cough, expectoration of thick, yellow sputum, or hot sores and swellings.  Can be applied topically for the latter.
  • Clears heat and stops bleeding: for internal heat from excess causing the blood to move chaotically.  Symptoms include vomiting or coughing of blood, nosebleed, and blood in the stool.
  • Clears heat and calms the fetus: pacifies the womb when the fetus is restless or kicking excessively due to heat.
  • Sedates ascendant liver yang: for symptoms such as headache, irritability, red eyes, flushed face, and bitter taste.