Herbs That Clear
that clear heat mainly remove interior heat.
Generally speaking, interior heat syndrome excludes exterior syndrome due
to invasion by exogenous pathogenic factors and heat syndrome caused by
retention of food in the interior. Based
on the functions and indications of the herbs, herbs that clear heat can be
classified as follows:
that clear heat and reduce fire
Herbs that clear heat and reduce fire are mainly
indicated for syndromes of heat in the Qi level.
that clear heat and dispel dampness
Herbs that clear heat and dispel dampness are bitter
and dry in property, and are mainly indicated for interior syndromes of
excessive heat without consumption of body fluids.
that cool blood
Herbs that cool blood are used to cool heat in the
that clear heat and remove toxins
Herbs that clear heat and remove toxins are mainly
indicated for syndromes of excessive toxic heat, such as epidemic disease, toxic
dysentery, boils and carbuncles.
that clear heat caused by deficiency of Yin
Herbs that clear heat caused by deficiency of Yin are
indicated for syndromes of interior heat due to deficiency Yin, such as
afternoon tidal fever
In general, herbs that clear heat are cool and cold
in property. This action may impair
the normal function of the spleen and stomach; therefore, they should be used
with caution in cases with poor appetite, weakness of the spleen and stomach, or
diarrhea. In addition, they serve
as auxiliary herbs in combination with toxic herbs, or with herbs that nourish Yin.
Herbs That Clear Heat and Reduce Fire
Herbs that clear heat and reduce fire are mainly indicated
for syndromes of heat in the Qi level due to exogenous pathogenic heat
invasion manifested as high fever, sweating, thirst, delirium, irritability,
scanty and brown urine, yellow and dry tongue coating, surging and forceful
pulse, excessive heat in the lungs, excessive heat in the stomach and excessive
heat in the heart.
Anemarrhena rhizome (Zhimu)
Reed root (Lugen)
Trichosanthes root (Tianhuafen)
Bamboo leaf (Zhuye)
Prunella spike (Xiakucao)
Butterflybush flower (Mimenghua)
Celosia seed (Qingxiangzi)
Herbs That Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Herbs which clear heat and dry dampness are
characterized as bitter and cold. They
are indicated in damp-heat disorders manifested as fever, sticky tongue coating,
scanty urine, jaundiced, dysentery and diarrhea, furuncles, eczema, abnormal
vaginal discharge and turbid urine. The
herbs in this category are likely to weaken the stomach and consume Yin.
The should be used with caution in cases with weakness of spleen and
stomach, or deficient body fluids. If
necessary, the herbs can be combined with herbs that nourish Yin.
Scutellaria root (Huangqin)
Coptis root (Huanglian)
Phellodendron bark (Huangbai)
Chinese gentian (Longdancao)
Flavescent sophora root
c) Herbs That Clear Heat and Cool Blood
that clear heat and cool blood are indicated in syndromes due to excessive heat
at the blood level. The clinical
manifestations are shown in various hemorrhagic diseases, including epistaxis,
bloody stool, blood in the urine, functional uterine bleeding, vomiting or
spitting up blood, coughing up blood and bleeding of the gums.
These herbs are also used for fever with loss of consciousness, deep red
tongue and rapid pulse. This
category of herbs tends to be bitter and sweet-salty in taste and cold in
Rhinoceros horn (Xijiao)
Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang)
Moutan bark (Mudanpi)
Red peony (Chishao)
d) Herbs That Clear Heat and Release
category of herbs that clear heat and release toxins is indicated in
syndromes caused by excessive toxic heat, including boils, carbuncles,
furuncles, maculopapule, erysipelas sore throat and dysentery. Some of these herbs may help arrest cancerous growth and
release poison from snake bites.
Honeysuckle flower (Jinyinhua)
Honeysuckle stem (Rendongteng)
Forsythia fruit (Lianqiao)
Dandelion herb (Pugongying)
Isatis leaf (Daqingye)
Ox gallstone (Niuhuang)
Dittany bark (Baixianpi)
Natural indigo (Qingdai)
Pullsatilla root (Baitouweng)
that Clear Heat Caused by Yin
that clear heat caused by Yin
are indicated in deficiency of Yin
heat syndrome manifested as fever, afternoon fever, feverish sensation in the
palms, soles and chest, night sweating, red tongue proper with scanty coating
and thready, rapid pulse.
herbs are often combined with herbs that nourish Yin to strengthen the function
of clearing heat caused by Yin deficiency. In addition, some of these
herbs are indicated in the late stage of febrile disease caused by invasion of
exogenous pathogenic heat, in which Yin and body fluids are damaged and
pathogenic factors remain inside. The commonly seen manifestations are
fever, fever at night, and fever subsiding
in the morning without presence of sweating.
general, these herbs are not suitable for fever due to common cold and cases of
deficiency of Yin
and blood without heat signs.
Sweet wormwood (Qinghao)
Swallowwort root (Baiwei)
Wolfberry bark (Digupi)
Stellaria root (Yinchaihu)