Huang Lian


Huang Lian in TCM:

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

English Name: coptis, coptis root
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Coptidis
Properties: bitter, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: LI, ST, HT, LV

Flavors: bitter

Special Properties:
clears heat, clears damp, eliminates toxins, stops bleeding, reduces swelling

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears Damp Heat from the Middle Jiao (damp heat in the stomach and intestines: diarrhea, tenesmus, dysenteric disorder; vomiting, diarrhea, acid regurgitation; jaundice)
  • Clears HT Fire, strongest herb to clear HT fire (short temper, shen disturbance due to heat, high fever, irritability, tongue sores; disorientation, delirium; insomnia with disharmony of Kidney and Heart)
  • Drains ST Fire (peptic ulcer, digestive dysfunction with bad breath, belching putrid odor, acid reflux; feeling of fullness with oppression below the heart, toothache from yangming fire)
  • Clears Heat; Relieves Toxicity (abcesses, painful red eyes, sore throat, ear infections, boils, carbuncles, furuncles - internal or topical)
  • Stops Bleeding (mostly due to blood heat stemming from ST and HT fire, epistaxis, blood in stool; hematemesis)

    Special Notes:
  • Similar to zhi zi, huang qin, and da huang: effective for all four level heats: fire, blood, damp-heat, toxicity
  • Compare with huang qin (upper jiao damp heat) and huang bai (lower jiao damp heat)

  • (cc: yin deficiency)
  • (cc: SP or KD deficiency diarrhea)
  • (cc: ST cold from deficiency with nausea and vomiting)