Lian Qiao - Forsythia Fruit

TCM Materia Medica

Lian Qiao TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "lian qiao" which in english is Lian Qiao herb"forsythia fruit", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder, heart and liver channels and exhibits acrid, bitter (ku) and cool 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:

  • Clear heat and toxins, dissipates nodules - carbuncles and hot sores, neck lumps.
  • Expel wind-heat - fever, slight chills, sore throat, headache.

Lian Qiao may potentially be used, in coordination with a well tailored formula (in most cases), to influence the following conditions: fever, headache and/or sore throat

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, lian qiao is generally included in the following 11 formulas:

  • Bao He Wan (Preserve Harmony Pills) - Epigastric and or abdominal fullness or painful distention …
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  • Bi Yan Wan (Nose Inflammation Tablets) - For acute or chronic rhinitis resulting from the combinatio…
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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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  • Fu Fang Qing Dai Wan (Indigo Combo Pills) - Itching, rashes, general skin irritation especially of the …
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  • Fu Fang Zhen Zhu An Chuang Wan (Margarite Acne Pills) - Cystic acne, pimples. Skin irritation due to damp heat - e…
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  • Gan Mao Ling (Miraculous Cold Pills) - Common cold and flu patterns, particularly at the early sta…
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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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  • Nei Xiao Luo Li Wan (Internally Reducing Cervical Lymphadenitis Pills) - Phlegm obstructions - generally benign masses, lumps, swell…
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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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  • Te Xiao Bi Min Gan Wan (Specially Effective Nasal Allergy Pills) - Generally useful for a range of allergy symptoms - seasonal…
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  • Yin Qiao Wan (Honeysuckle and Forsythia Formula) - Common cold or flu presenting with fever w/slight or no chi…
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    As noted above, lian qiao is within the herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... toxins for the purpose of this categorization means fevers and other adverse effects of infectious diseases where patients are clinically …)".

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