Da Qing Ye - Woad Leaf, Indigo

TCM Materia Medica

Da Qing Ye TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "da qing ye" which in english is Da Qing Ye herb"woad leaf, indigo", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the heart, lung and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku) and cold (han) taste/temperature properties.

Dosages and preparations will vary according to each individual and the overall approach of a formula, but generally this herb has the following dosage and/or preparation guidelines:

  • Dosage: 9-30g

Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:

  • Clears heat, relieves toxicity - for any contagious febrile disease outbreak; also for fire toxin anywhere, but especially in the throat and lungs.
  • Cools the blood, reduces blotches - skin eruptions due to heat in the blood, intense fever, irritability.

Da Qing Ye may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: fever and/or irritability

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, da qing ye is generally included in the following 2 formulas:

  • Gan Mao Ling (Miraculous Cold Pills) - Common cold and flu patterns, particularly at the early sta…
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  • Li Dan Wan (Benefit The Gallbladder Pills) - A range of gallbladder, liver and related digestive/obstruc…
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    As noted above, da qing ye is within the herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... toxins for the purpose of this categorization means fevers and other adverse effects of infectious diseases where patients are clinically …)".

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