|Pharmaceutical Name:||Fructus Gardeniae|
|Botanical Name:||Gardenia jaminoides Ellis|
|Common Name:||Gardenia fruit
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The fruit is gathered in autumn or winter when it is ripe. Either the raw herb or the carbonized herb is used.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter and cold|
|Meridian:||Heart, liver, lung, stomach and triple jiao|
|Functions:||To clear heat and reduce fire
To cool blood and release toxins
To eliminate dampness
|Indications and Combinations:||1. To clear heat and reduce fire; To cool blood and release toxins; To eliminate dampness.
*Use with Prepared soybean (Douchi), Forsythia fruit (Lianqiao) and Scutellaria root (Huangqin).
2. Jaundice with fever and dysuria.
*Use with Oriental wormwood (Yinchenhao), Rhubarb (Dahuang) and Phellodendron bark (Huangbai).
3. Extravasation caused by heat in the blood manifested as vomiting blood, epistaxis and hematuria.
*Use with Imperata rhizome (Baimaogen), Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang) and Scutellaria root (Huangqin).
4. Boils and carbuncles.
*Use with Coptis root (Huanglian), Scutellaria (Huangqin) and Honeysuckle flower (Jinyinhua)
|Cautions:||The herb is contraindicated in cases with weakness of the spleen and diarrhea.|