Tian Hua Fen - Trichosanthes Root

TCM Materia Medica

Tian Hua Fen TCM Herb Classifications and Usages

The TCM herb "tian hua fen" which in english is "trichosanthes root", is categorized within the "herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the lung and stomach channels and exhibits bitter (ku), cold (han) and sweet (gan) 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: 9-15g

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

  • Clears and drains lung heat, transforms phlegm, moistens lung dryness.
  • Drains heat, generates fluid (fluids injured) - thirst, irritability, wasting and thirsting disorder, cough, thick sputum.
  • Relieves toxicity, expels pus - toxic hot carbuncles, breast abscess.

Tian Hua Fen has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).

  • Avoid during Pregnancy.

While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, tian hua fen is generally included in the following 7 formulas:

  • Bao Ji Wan (Protect and Relieve Pills) - Cramping and/or painful distension of the abdomen. Foul sm…
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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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  • Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan (Coptis Clearance Pill) - Dispels wind heat, clear toxic heat - generally used short-…
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  • Mai Men Dong Yin Zi Wan (Ophiopogon and Trichosanthes Combination) - Lung and stomach yin deficiency - this is a modified versio…
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  • Sha Shen Mai Dong Wan (Glehnia and Ophiopogonis Decoction) - Important formula for stomach yin deficiency - benefits the…
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  • Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin Wan (Immortals Formula For Sustaining Life) - Generally for short-term use with early stage heat toxins -…
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  • Yu Quan Wan (Jade Spring Pills) - Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), qi and yin defici…
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    As noted above, tian hua fen is within the herbs that cool and transform phlegm heat functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.

    (truncated intro "... used for phlegm-heat and dry-phlegm patterns - coughs, scrofula, goiters (stagnant phlegm-fire in the channel), convulsions. )".

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