Green Chiretta (Chuanxinlian)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Herb Andrographitis|
|Botanical Name:||Andrographis paniculata (Burm. f.) Nees|
|Common Name:||Green chiretta
|Source of Earliest Record:||Lingnan Caoyao Lu|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The aerial parts of the plant are gathered in the early autumn when the plant begins to flower. Then it is cut into pieces and dried.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter and cold|
|Meridian:||Lung, stomach, large and small intestines|
|Functions:||To clear heat and release toxins
To dry dampness
|Indications and Combinations:||1. The beginning of warm febrile disease manifested as fever, headache and sore throat.
*Use with Honeysuckle flower (Jinyinhua), Platycodon root (Jiegeng) and Arctium fruit (Niubangzi).
2. Heat in the lungs manifested as cough and asthma or cough with yellow sputum.
*Use with Houttuynia (Yuxingcao), Platycodon root. (Jiegeng) and Trichosanthes fruit (Gualou).
3. Dysentery due to dampness and heat.
*Use with Portulaca (Machixian).
|Cautions:||Prolonged overdosing of this herb may impair stomach Qi.|