Zi Cao


Zi Cao in TCM:

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


English Name: lithospermum root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Lithospermi
Properties: sweet, cold

Temperature: cold

Channels: HT, LV

Flavors: sweet

Special Properties:
circulates blood, clears heat, clears damp

Actions / Indications:
  • Cools blood, invigorates blood, vents rashes (vent rashes; encourages rash to surface when measles/chickenpox not fully expressed or toxins not coming out smoothly; fire toxin with very dark purple rashes; dermatological conditions such as eczema, psoriasis)
  • Relieves fire toxicity; clears damp heat from skin (taken internally or applied topically for damp-heat skin lesions or vaginal itching; burns)
  • (cc: zi cao can moisten the bowels, use caution with SP/ST deficient loose stools)

    Special Notes:
  • Zi Cao can be used for constipation or dry stools caused by heat in the blood.
  • Zi Cao may be used topically as ointment.