Yu Xing Cao


Yu Xing Cao in TCM:

Explore the properties of Yu Xing Cao according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):

English Name: houttuynia
Pharmacuetical Name: Herba Houttuyniae
Properties: acrid, cool

Temperature: cool

Channels: LU

Flavors: pungent

Special Properties:
clears heat, clears damp, eliminates toxins, resolves phlegm

Actions / Indications:
  • Clears toxic heat; reduces swelling, expels pus (Lung abcess, cough caused by LU heat, phlegm-heat or LU heat cough with thick sputum, smoker's phlegm; carbuncles, sores)
  • Drains damp-heat; promotes urination; relieves PUD (damp-heat diarrhea; PUD)
  • (cc: cold deficiency)
  • (cc: yin furuncles)
  • (cooking: do not decoct long)

    Special Notes:
  • Known as the "fishy smelling herb" it has a distinct smell when freshly harvested from the ground.