Arnebia (Zi Cao)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Radix Lithospermi seu Arnebiae|
|Botanical Name:||Lithospermun erythrorhizon sieb. et zucc
Arnebia euchroma (Royle Johnst)
|Common Name:||Lithospermun root
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The roots are dug in spring or autumn, dried in the sun, soaked in water and cut into slices.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter, pungent, cold|
|Meridian:||Heart and liver|
|Functions:||To cool blood and invigorate blood
To release toxins and bring the rash to the surface
To promote bowel movement and moisten the intestines
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Incomplete expression of rash in measles due to toxic heat in the blood.
*Use with Cicada slough (Chan tui), Arctium fruit (Niu ban gzi).
2. Maculopapule in febrile disease.
*Use with Red peony (Chi shao), Moutan bark (Mu dan pi), Honeysuckle flower (Jin yin hua) and Forsythia fruit (Lian qiao).
3. Prevention of measles.
*Use with Licorice root (Gan cao).
4. Boils, carbuncles, burns and injury due to cold.
*Use with Chinese angelica root (Dang gui) Dahurian angelica root (Bai zhi) and Dragon’s blood (Xue jie) as an external application in the formula Shengji Yuhong Gao.
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated during weakness of the spleen accompanied by diarrhea.|