Hu Huang Lian - Pierorhizae Rhizome

TCM Materia Medica

Hu Huang Lian TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "hu huang lian" which in english is "pierorhizae rhizome", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and dry dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the large intestine, liver 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: 3-9g

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

  • Drains damp-heat - dysentery, sores.
  • Clears deficient heat - yin deficiency heat symptoms.
  • Clears heat and reduces childhood nutritional impairment - abdominal distention, afternoon fever, dysentery.

As noted above, hu huang lian is within the herbs that clear heat and dry dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... for damp-heat patterns with dysenteric disorders, urinary difficulty or pain, jaundice, furuncles, eczema. bitter and cold - clear heat and drain dampness; avoid in cases of stomach and/or spleen deficiency. often combined with herbs that…)".

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