The TCM herb "qing dai" which in english is "indigo naturalis", is categorized within the "herbs that clear heat and relieve toxicity" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the liver, lung and stomach channels and exhibits cold (han) and salty (xian) 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:
Qing Dai 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. Qing Dai, however, is a strong candidate to be considered when needing to influence liver fire, lung wind invasion - wind heat and/or summer heat.
As noted above, qing dai 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 sick. )".