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Zi Cao (Groomwell Root or Arnebia or Lithospermum)

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Cold Zi Cao (Radix Arnebiae seu Lithospermi)
Zi Cao Ruan Shown
Channels:
HT, LIV
Properties:
Sweet, Cold
Latin:
Radix Arnebiae seu Lithospermi
Chinese:
紫草
Tone Marks:
zĭ căo
Translation:
Purple Herb

Actions

  • Clears Heat, Cools Blood, and Relieves Fire Toxins
    For Fire Toxins in the skin causing very dark purple rashes. This herb encourages the rash to erupt, used when diseases (like mumps or chickenpox) are not progressing.
  • Clears Damp-Heat Skin Lesions
    Used topically for skin lesions, vaginal itching, eczema, dermatitis, or burns.
  • Unblocks the Bowels and Invigorates the Blood
    For mild constipation from heat in the Blood, or used to treat amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Do not use in cases of measles. Caution in cases of spleen and stomach deficiency with loose stool.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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

Toxicity and Overdose

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

Dosage

  • 3-9 grams.

Notes

  • Can be made into an ointment for use topically.