TCM Materia Medica
The TCM herb "ji xue cao" which in english is "asiatic pennywort, gotu kola", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and dry dampness" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the kidney, large intestine, liver, small intestine and spleen channels and exhibits acrid, 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:
Of many possible clinical applications, it may be considered to influence the following issues/symptoms:
Ji Xue Cao has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
A single herb is not often thought of as an empirical way to influence a TCM diagnostic pattern. Ji Xue Cao, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence large intestine damp heat, liver and gallbladder damp heat and/or summer heat.
Ji Xue Cao may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: diarrhea, dysentary, glaucoma, jaundice, nosebleed (epistaxis) and/or uterine bleeding
As noted above, ji xue cao 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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