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Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root)

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Cold Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)
Bitter, Cold
Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
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huáng qín


  • Clears Heat, Fire, and Drains Dampness
    Especially for heat and damp in the Upper Jiao, symptoms include high fever, thirst, cough, irritability, and sputum that is thick and yellow. Used topically or internally for hot sores and swellings.
  • Clears Damp-Heat in the Stomach and Intestines
    For diarrhea or dysentery with high fever, thirst with inability to drink, or painful urination. Also used with other herbs for Damp-Heat jaundice.
  • Clears Heat and Stops Bleeding
    For Blood in the stool, epistaxis, or vomiting with Blood.
  • Calms the Fetus
    For threatened miscarriage when the fetus is restless due to heat.
  • Calms Liver Yang Rising
    For headache, red eyes, bitter taste in the mouth, irritability, or hypertension.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Contraindicated in heat in the lungs from deficiency, cold in the middle Jiao, and restless fetus due to cold. Some traditional sources say this herb counteracts Rhizoma et Radix Veratri (li lu), and Cortex Moutan Radicis (mu dan pi).

Herb-Drug Interactions

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.

Toxicity and Overdose

  • This section is being researched, and is not completed.


  • 6-15 grams.
  • Part used: root.


  • Dry-fried reduces its cooling nature and helps herb to enter the blood (for restless fetus and heat in lower Jiao), fried in wine to help the herb rise to the upper Jiao. More effective to stop bleeding in its charred form.

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