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Yu Xing Cao (Houttuynia)

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Cool Yu Xing Cao (Herba cum Radice Houttuyniae Cordatae)
Spicy, Cool
Herba cum Radice Houttuyniae Cordatae
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yú xīng căo
Fishy Smelling Herb


  • Eliminates Heat and Toxins
    Reduces Lung abscess, infections, cough with thick yellowish-green sputum, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
  • Detoxifies and Expels Pus
    Used both internally and topically for purulent sores.
  • Drains Dampness
    For Damp-Heat in the Large Intestine, colitis, or urinary tract infection.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of cold from deficiency, or for Yin type furuncles.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

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


  • 15-60 grams. Do not cook for long periods of time.
  • Part used: leaves and stems.
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