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Huang Lian Jie Du Tang (Coptis Decoction to Relieve Toxicity)

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  • Formulas that Clear Heat from the Qi Level


  • Fire toxins in all three Jiao


  • Drains fire and clears toxicity


  • High fever, irritability, dry mouth and throat, insomnia
  • Hematemesis, epistaxis, or spitting of blood.
  • Toxic swellings such as carbuncles, furuncles, other suppurative sores, and deep-rooted boils.
  • Damp Heat Jaundice.
  • Damp Heat Dysentery.

Possible Tongue Appearance:

  • Red and dry with a yellow coat

Possible Pulse Patterns:

  • Rapid and forceful pulse

Western Uses:

  • Septicemia
  • Dysentery
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute Urinary Tract Infection
  • Purulent Skin Lesions (Furuncles, Carbuncles, and Boils)

Cautions, Contraindications, Herb Drug Interactions:

  • Use only in cases where the patient has a strong constitution
  • Do not use in cases where there is fluid or Yin deficiency.
  • Do not use over a long period of time.

Preparation Notes:

  • Decoction. Modern dosage of Huang Lian is usually 50-75% less than the dosage indicated.

Originally Appeared In:

  • Arcane Essentials from the Imperial Library (Wai Tai Bi Yao)

Combined Channels of all herbs in this formula:

  • Large Intestine, Stomach, Heart, Liver, Lungs, Gall Bladder, Kidneys

Substances in this Formula (4 Total):

Huang Lian (Rhizoma Coptidis)
Huang Lian (Coptis Rhizome) 黄连
Qty: 9 grams
Chan: HT, LI, LIV, ST
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Rhizoma Coptidis
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)
Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root) 黄芩
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: GB, LI, LU, ST
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri)
Huang Bai (Phellodendron or Amur Cork tree Bark) 黄柏
Qty: 6 grams
Chan: KI, BL
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Cortex Phellodendri
Cat: Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Zhi Zi (Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis)
Zhi Zi (Gardenia, Cape Jasmine Fruit) 栀子
Qty: 6-12 grams
Chan: HT, LIV, LU, ST, TB
Prop: Bitter, Cold
Latin: Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis
Cat: Herbs that Drain Fire
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