Huang Qin - Baical Skullcap Root, Scutellaria

TCM Materia Medica

Huang Qin TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "huang qin" which in english is Huang Qin herb"baical skullcap root, scutellaria", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and dry dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder, large intestine, 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: 6-15g

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

  • Clears heat, drains fire, especially from the upper warmer - heat patterns with fever, irritability, thirst, cough, thick, yellow sputum, hot sores and swellings.
  • Clears heat, dries dampness - damp-heat in the stomach or intestines, diarrhea, dysentery; damp warm-febrile disease with fever, stifling sensation in the chest, thirst with no desire to drink; damp-heat in the lower jiao - lin syndrome; damp-heat jaundice.
  • Clears heat, stops bleeding - vomiting and/or coughing of blood, nosebleed, blood in the stool.
  • Clears heat, calms the fetus - restless fetus due to heat.
  • Sedates liver yang rising - headache, irritability, red eyes, bitter taste, flushed face.

Huang Qin may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: cough, fever, irritability and/or jaundice

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, huang qin is generally included in the following 23 formulas:

  • An Gong Niu Huang Wan (Calm The Palace Pill With Cattle Gallstone) - Resuscitates, clears heat, calms shen, and expels phelgm - …
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  • Ban Xia Xie Xin Wan (Pinellia Drain Epigastrium Pills) - Distension and fullness of the epigastrium usually without …
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  • Chai Hu Gui Zhi Gan Jiang Wan (Bupleurum, Cinnamon Twig and Ginger Decoction) - Shaoyang disorder with water accumulation - A modification …
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  • Chai Hu Gui Zhi Tang Wan (Bupleurum and Cinnamon Twig Decoction) - A combination of gui zhi tang and xiao chai hu tang - toget…
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  • Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan (Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula) - Palpitations, anxiety, restlessness, agitation/irritibility…
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  • Chu Kou Wei Wan (Chu Kou Wei Wan) - Acid reflux and/or burning sensation in the epigastrium, th…
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  • Dang Gui Wan (Tangkuei Powder) - For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident…
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  • Fang Feng Tong Sheng Wan (Ledebouriella Pills to Sagely Unblock) - High fever with aversion to cold. Thick phlegm that may …
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  • Huang Lian Jie Du Wan (Coptis Decoction To Relieve Toxicity) - Clears fire toxins (damp heat, toxic heat, fire) from all t…
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  • Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan (Coptis Clearance Pill) - Dispels wind heat, clear toxic heat - generally used short-…
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  • Jiang Ya Wan (Repress The Blood Pressure Pills) - Hypertension particularly with ascendent yang and heat sign…
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  • Li Dan Wan (Benefit The Gallbladder Pills) - A range of gallbladder, liver and related digestive/obstruc…
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  • Long Dan Xie Gan Wan (Gentiana Purge Liver Formula) - Hypochondriac pain, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability…
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  • Pu Ji Xiao Du Wan (Universal Benefit Decoction To Eliminate Toxin) - Acute febrile disorder (wind-heat & damp-phlegm) of t…
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  • Qing Fei Wan (Clear The Lungs Decoction) - Clears heat and phlegm and replenishes lung yin - chronic…
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  • Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan (Clear the Qi and Transform Phlegm Pill) - Cough with thick yellow or green phlegm, difficulty breathi…
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  • San Huang Xie Xin Wan (Drain The Epigastrium Decoction) - Damp-heat excess with interior climbing - fever, restless…
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  • Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan (Gastrodia and Uncaria Formula) - Headaches, vertigo, dizziness, tinnitis, floaters or blurry…
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  • Xiao Chai Hu Tang Wan (Minor Bupleurum Decoction) - Shao Yang Syndrome (or "lesser yang stage") - alternating f…
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  • Xie Xin Wan (Drain the Epigastrium Formula) - Signs of damp-heat with interior clumping which may settl…
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  • Xin Yi Qing Fei Wan (Magnolia Flower Drink To Clear The Lungs) - Colds and/or allergies with heat signs (yellow mucus and/or…
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  • Yi Zi Wan (Decoction B) - Hemorrhoids and/or constipation from an accumulation of dam…
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  • Zhong Feng Hui Chun Wan (Stroke Recovery Pills) - Bell's Palsy, facial paralysis, slurry of speech, difficult…
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    As noted above, huang qin is within the herbs that clear heat and dry dampness functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

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