Sweet Wormwood (Qinghao)
|Pharmaceutical Name:||Herba Artemisiae Annuae|
|Botanical Name:||Artemisia Annua L.|
|Common Name:||Sweet Wormwood|
|Source of Earliest Record:||Shennong Bencao Jing|
|Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:||The entire plant is gathered in summer or autumn, dried in the shade and cut into pieces.|
|Properties and Taste:||Bitter, pungent and cold|
|Meridian:||Liver, gallbladder and kidney|
|Functions:||To reduce heat caused by deficient yin; To cool blood and release summer heat; To relieve malaria|
|Indications and Combinations:||1. Malaria.
*Use alone or with Scutellaria root (Huangqin) and Pinellia tuber (Banxia) in the formula Hao Qin Qingdan Tang.
2. Late stage of febrile disease, with pathogenic heat damaging yin and body fluids, manifested as fever at night, and subsiding in the morning without presence of sweating, red tongue proper with scanty coating and thready, rapid pulse.
*Use with Turtle shell (Biejia), Moutan bark (Mudanpi) and Fresh rehmannia root (Shengdihuang) in the formula Qinghao Biejia Tang.
3. Heat signs due to deficiency yin manifested as afternoon fever and night sweating.
*Use with Large-leaf gentian root (Qinghao), Turtle shell (Biejia) and Anemarrhena rhizome (Zhimu).
4. Invasion by summer-heat manifested as fever, dizziness and headache.
*Use with Mung bean (Ludou) and Lotus leaf (Heye).
|Cautions:||This herb should not be boiled for a long time.|