Kuan Dong Hua - Coltsfoot Flower

TCM Materia Medica

Kuan Dong Hua TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "kuan dong hua" which in english is Kuan Dong Hua herb"coltsfoot flower", is categorized within the "herbs that relieve coughing and wheezing" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung channels and exhibits acrid and warm (wen) 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: 1.5-9g

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

  • Redirects qi downward and stops coughing - cough and wheezing from many different etiologies, most often used for different types of cold.
  • Frying in honey enhances moistening function of the lungs - good for dry cough.

Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding kuan dong hua:

Kuan Dong Hua may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: cough and/or wheezing (dyspnea)

As noted above, kuan dong hua is within the herbs that relieve coughing and wheezing functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

(truncated intro "... generally useful for symptoms involving coughing and wheezing. often combined with other herbs to treat the overall pattern (root). )".

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