Huang Qin

Huang Qin written in Chinese

Pinyin Name: Huang Qin

English Name: Scutellaria Baicalensis

Other Names: Chinese Skullcap, Baical Skullcap Root, Scutellariae Radix

Tastes: Bitter

Origin: Hebei, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia in China

Benefits of Huang Qin:

Huang Qin is native to China, Korea and Mongolia. It is harvested in spring and autumn. Huang Qin covers meridians of lung, heart, liver, large intestine. Main functions include clearing heat-fire, eliminating dampness and detoxification, stopping bleeding, miscarriage prevention. Common uses and indications are lung-heat cough, coma due to hyperpyrexia, liver-fire headache, painful red swollen eyes, damp-heat jaundice, dysentery, heat stranguria, vomiting blood and nosebleed, metrorrhagia and metrostaxis, threatened abortion due to fetal heat. Recommended dosage is from 3 to 9 grams.

Huang Qin is widely used in Chinese herbal formulas. 1) Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang is used for distention, fullness, and vomiting due to damp-heat stagnated in middle warmer. Its ingredient herbs include Huang Qin, Huang Lian, Gan Jiang, Ban Xia and more. 2) Bao Yin Jian is used to improve symptom management for blood heat induced irritable uterus. Its ingredient herbs include Huang Qin, Shu Di Huang, Huang Bai and more. 3) Huang Lian Jie Du Tang is used for boils and carbuncles caused by intense fire. Its ingredient herbs include Huang Qin, Huang Bai, Zhi Zi and more.

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