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Xia Ku Cao (Prunella or Selfheal Spike)

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Cold Xia Ku Cao (Spica Prunellae Vulgaris)
Bitter, Spicy, Cold
Spica Prunellae Vulgaris
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xià kū căo
Summer Withered Herb


  • Clears Heat From the Liver and Brightens the Eyes
    For Liver Fire ascending, high Blood pressure, red, painful, and swollen eyes. Also for headache, dizziness, and eye pain due to Liver deficiency (eyes sensitive to light and tender).
  • Eliminates Nodules
    Treats swollen thyroid, swollen glands, or any neck swelling due to phlegm fire. Also used to treat nodules in the inguinal area and other parts of the body (mastitis, etc.).

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Caution in cases of weak spleen and stomach.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

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


  • 9-15 grams, up to 30 grams if used alone.
  • Part used: spike.


  • Toasting with honey can treat long term high blood pressure.