| Xia Cu Cao|
Xia Cu Cao in TCM:Explore the properties of Xia Cu Cao according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):
English Name: prunella, flower (fruit-spike) of common selfheal
Pharmacuetical Name: Spica Prunellae
Properties: bitter, acrid, cold
Channels: LV, GB
Flavors: bitter, pungent
clears heat, reduces swelling
Actions / Indications:
- Clears LV fire and brightens the eyes (Liver fire
or LYR with red swollen painful eyes, photophobia, headache, dizziness;
Liver yin deficiency with eye pain that worsens at night; modern use
for hypertension, hepatitis, hepatomegaly)
- Clears heat and dissipates nodules (lumps or nodules
due to phlegm fire in meridians: scrofula, goiter, swollen glands, fatty
tumours, scrofula, lipoma, breast cysts)
- (note: lowers high blood pressure)
- (cc: SP or ST deficiency)
- Xia Ku Hua and Xia Ku Cao are often used interchangeably, however
Xia Ku Cao is generally considered more potent and more desireable.
- For Liver yin deficiency with eye pain that worsens at night when
combine Xia Ku Cao with yin nourishing herbs.
- Xia Ku Cao lowers blood pressure.