|Pharmaceutical Name:||Herba Houttuyniae|
|Botanical Name:||Houttuynia cordate Thunb.|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Mingyi Bielu|
|art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The entire plant is gathered in the time between summer and autumn. After gathering, it is cleaned and dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Pungent and slightly cold|
|Functions:||To clear heat and release toxins|
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Lung abscess manifested as cough with bloody and pus-like sputum.
*Use with Platycodon root (Jiegeng) and Coix seed (Yiyiren)
2. Heat in the lungs manifested as cough with yellow and thick sputum.
*Use with Mulberry bark (Sangbaipi) and Trichosanthes fruit (Gualou).
3. Boils and swelling due to toxic heat.
*Use with Dandelion herb (Pugongying) and Forsythia fruit (Lianqiao).