Hu Huang Lian


Hu Huang Lian in TCM:

Explore the properties of Hu Huang Lian according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: picrorhiza, figwort flower rhizome
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Picrorhizae
Properties: bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LI, ST, LV

Flavors: bitter

Special Properties:
clears heat

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears deficient heat (tidal fever, yin deficient fire, steaming bone disorder)
  • Clear heat from childhood nutritional impairment (indigestion, abdominal distension with emaciation; afternoon fevers)
  • Drains damp heat (diarrhea, damp-heat dysenteric disorders or hemorrhoids)

    Special Notes:
  • Hu Huang Lian primarily clears deficient heat, whereas Huang Lian primarily clears damp heat.
  • Hu Huang Lian is similar to Yin Chai Hu, but is stronger to clear deficient heat.

  • (cc: Spleen and Stomach Insufficiency)