Genkwa Flower (Yuanhua)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Flos Genkwa|
|Botanical Name:||Daphne genkwa Sieb. Et Zucc.|
|Common Name:||Genkwa flower|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The flower buds are gathered in spring and dried in the sun, baked or fried with vinegar.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent, bitter, warm and toxic|
|Meridian:||Lung, kidney and large intestine|
|Functions:||To transform water and stop cough
To resolve phlegm and stop cough
To kill worms
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Edema in the face or body, ascites and retention of fluids in the chest.
*Use with Kansui root (Gansui) and Peking spurge root (Daji) in the formula Shizao Tang.
2. Sudden cough and cold-damp type of chromic bronchitis.
*Use with Jujube (Dazao) .
3. Scabs, white ringworm and stubborn ringworm.
*Ground herb into powder and use with powdered Realgar (Xionghuang) and pig fat oil for external application.
|Cautions:||This herb must not be used with Licorice root (Gancao) as it counteracts it. This herb is contraindicated during pregnancy.|