Huang Lian

Huang Lian written in Chinese

Pinyin Name: Huang Lian

English Name: Rhizoma Coptidis

Other Names: Chuan Lian, Wei Lian

Tastes: Sweet, Neutral

Origin: Sichuan, Hubei, Jiangxi and Shaanxi provinces in China

Benefits of Huang Lian:

Huang Lian is native to Asia and North America. It is collected in autumn. It needs to remove its fibrous roots and dirt attached and dried. Huang Lian covers four meridians of heart, liver, stomach and large intestine. Main functions are clearing heat-fire, eliminating dampness, and relieve internal heat. Common uses and indications include high fever due to the attack of heart channel by heat pathogen, irritability, delirium or hematemesis and nosebleed caused by excess heat forcing blood’s hyperactivity, feeling of stuffiness in chest due to damp heat, diarrhea, dysentery, annoyance and insomnia caused by heart-fire hyperactivity, vomiting swift digestion with rapid hungering caused by stomach heat, liver-fire induced swelling and pain of eye, heat-toxicity sore and ulcer, swelling and aching of gum, mouth sores, acute or chronic suppurative ear disease, swelling and pain in the pudenda, hemorrhoid bleeding, eczema. Recommended dosage is from 1.5 to 3 grams.

Huang Lian is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Huang Lian E Jiao Tang is formulated for the impairment of yin by excessive heat and vexation and sleeplessness. Its ingredient herbs include Huang Lian, Bai Shao, E Jiao and more. 2) Qing Wei San is used for unbearable toothache because of stomach fire attack. Its ingredient herbs include Huang Lian, Shu Di Huang, Sheng Ma, Mu Dan Pi and more.

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