Prunella Spike (Xiakucao)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Spica Prunellae|
|Botanical Name:||Prunella Vulgaris L.|
|Common Name:||Prunella Spike
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The spikes are gathered in summer and dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter, pungent and cold|
|Meridian:||Liver and gall bladder|
|Functions:||To clear the fire in the liver
To dissipate accumulation of nodules
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Flaring up of the liver fire manifested as red, painful, swollen and watery eyes, headaches and dizziness.
*Use with Sea-ear shell (Shijueming) and Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua).
2. Accumulation of phlegm-fire manifested as scrofula, lipoma, swollen glands or goiter.
*Use with Oyster shell (Muli), Scrophularia (Xuanshen) and Laminaria (Kunbu).
|Cautions:||This herb should be used with caution in cases with a weak stomach and spleen.|