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Tian Hua Fen (Trichosanthes Root)

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Cold Tian Hua Fen (Trichosanthis Kirlowii Radix)
Bitter, Slightly Sweet, Cold
Trichosanthis Kirlowii Radix
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tiān huā fēn
Heavenly Flower Powder


  • Clears Heat and Generates Fluids
    For irritability, dry lips, dry mouth, dry tongue, thirst, desire to drink cold beverages and cough with thick sputum or blood streaked sputum. For wasting and thirsting disorders.
  • Dispels Pus and Resolves Toxicity
    For Breast abscesses or carbuncles and sores with redness, swelling, pain and pus(used topically and internally). Treats hemorrhoids
  • Clears Lung Heat, Transforms Phlegm, Moistens Lung
    For cough with thick, sticky sputum that is difficult to expectorate and signs of dryness

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Use with caution in cases with Cold and Deficiency of the Spleen and Stomach
  • Do not use during pregnancy, Tian Hua Fen is a 97% effective abortifacient when injected
  • Do not use with Wu Tou or Fu Zi

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

  • None noted for whole herb. Extracted components that are then injected can be toxic
  • Rare side effects include headache, dermatitis, sore throat, and muscle stiffness along with possible swelling, hypotension, arrhythmia, and bleeding from the liver or spleen


  • 10-15 grams in decoction, maximum 30 grams (Chen)
  • 10-15 grams in decoction (Bensky)

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

This herb is incompatible with:
  • Fu Zi (Radix Lateralis Praeparatus Aconiti Carmichaeli)
  • Cao Wu (Radix Aconiti Kusnezoffii Preparata)
  • Chuan Wu (Radix Aconiti Preparata)