Han Lian Cao - Eclipta

TCM Materia Medica

Han Lian Cao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "han lian cao" which in english is Han Lian Cao herb"eclipta", is categorized within the "herbs that tonify yin" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney and liver channels and exhibits cool, sour (suan) and sweet (gan) 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: 9-15g

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

  • Liver and kidney yin deficiency - dizziness, premature greying of hair, blurred vision.
  • Cools blood, stops bleeding - yin deficiency patterns with bleeding due to heat in the blood, vomiting or coughing up blood, nosebleed, blood in the stool, uterine bleeding, bloody urine.

A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Han Lian Cao, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence kidney yin deficiency and/or liver yin deficiency.

Han Lian Cao may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: dizziness (vertigo), uterine bleeding, vision problems and/or vomiting

As noted above, han lian cao is within the herbs that tonify yin functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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