The TCM herb "xia ku cao" which in english is "selfheal spike, prunella", is categorized within the "herbs that drain fire" functional grouping. It is thought to enter the gall bladder and liver 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:
Xia Ku Cao has some precautions to be considered (see our precautions list).
Our clinical staff have made the following notes, regarding xia ku cao:
While it may not always be included depending on the manufacturer or herbalist making the formula, xia ku cao is generally included in the following 2 formulas:
Hypertension particularly with ascendent yang and heat signs - red face, red tongue, headaches, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, etc.
As noted above, xia ku cao is within the herbs that drain fire functional group. All the herbs in this category are listed below.
(truncated intro "... very cold - for high fever, irritability, thirst, delirium associated with febrile disease. qi level or yang ming level disorders. )".