Peucedanum Root (Qianhu)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Radix Peucedani|
|Botanical Name:||Peucedanum praeruptorum Dunn.
Peucedanum decursivum Maxim.
|Common Name:||Peucedanum root
|Source of Earliest Record:||Mingyi Bielu|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The roots are dug in winter or spring, and cleaned and dried in the sun. After the root bark has been removed, the roots are soaked in warm water and cut into slices.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter, pungent and slightly cold|
|Functions:||To promote dispersing function of the lungs and clear heat
To resolve phlegm and stop cough
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Phlegm-heat accumulating in the lungs manifested as cough with yellow and thick sputum.
*Use with Mulberry bark (Sangbaipi), Trichosanthes fruit (Gualou) and Tendrilled fritillary bulb (Chuanbeimu) in the formula Qianhu San.
2. Cough due to invasion by exogenous pathogenic wind and heat.
*Use with Mentha (Bohe), Arctium fruit (Niubangzi) and Platycodon root (Jiegeng).