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

Temperature: cold

Channels: LV, GB

Flavors: bitter, pungent

Special Properties:
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)

    Special Notes:
  • 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.