Scutellaria Root (Huangqin)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Radix Scutellariae|
|Botanical Name:||Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi|
|Common Name:||Scutellaria Root
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The roots are dug in spring or autumn. The fibrous roots are removed and dried in the sun.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter and cold|
|Meridian:||Lung, gall bladder, stomach and large intestine|
|Functions:||To clear heat and dry dampness
To reduce fire and release toxins
To stop bleeding and calm fetus
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Damp-heat syndromes:
a) Damp-heat febrile disease.
*Use with Talc (Huashi) and Rice paper pith (Tongcao) a) damp-heat febrile disease.
*Use with Capejasmine (Zhizi), Oriental wormwood (Yinchenhao) and Bamboo leaf (Zhuye).
c) Dysentery or diarrhea .
*Use with Coptis root (Huangqin) .
d) Boils, carbuncles and furuncles .
*Use with Honeysuckle flower (Jinyinhua) and Trichosanthes root (Tianhuafen).
2. Cough due to heat in the lungs.
*Use with Mulberry bark (Sangbaipi) and Anemarrhena rhizome (Zhimu).
3. Hemorrhage due to heat in the blood manifested as vomiting with blood, epistaxis, hematuria, and uterine bleeding.
*Carbonize and use with fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang), Imperata rhizome (Baimaogen) and Biota tops (Cebaiye).
4. Threatened abortion (restless fetus).
*Use with Chinese angelica root (Danggui) and White Atractylodes (Baizhu).
|Cautions:||This herb is contraindicated in cases with deficiency cold of the spleen and stomach. The raw herb is used to calm the fetus by clearing heat, the herb stir-baked in wine is used to stop bleeding, and the carbonized herb clears heat in the upper jiao.|