Liu Huang


Liu Huang in TCM:

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

English Name: sulfur
Pharmacuetical Name: Sulfur
Properties: toxic, sour, warm

Temperature: warm

Channels: LI, KD, PC

Flavors: toxic, sour
Tonifies: yang

Special Properties:
expels parasites

    Alternate Forms:
  • sheng - external application
  • zhi - cook with tofu until the tofu color turns green, remove tofu and dry the solution into a powder: for internal use

Actions / Indications:
  • Relieves toxicity; Kills parasites; Stops itching (damp festering sores, herpetic lesions, yin ulcers and carbuncles; top choice for scabies; external use for scabies, ringworm, yin furuncles)
  • Tonifies Mingmen fire; unblocks channels (painful lower back and knees, weak and cold lower limbs, internal use to tonify yang fire, impotence, or asthma due to cold from KD deficiency; constipation in elderly due to deficient cold)

    Special Notes:
  • Arsenic is sometimes present in Liu Huang, processing Liu Huang with heat is considered standard process to reduce toxicity.
  • Antagonistic with pu xiao

  • (cc: pregnancy)
  • (cc: yin deficiency with heat signs)