Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root)

Huang Qin (Baical Skullcap Root)

Herb 4 of 7 in Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness

Cold Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis)
Channels:
GB, LI, LU, ST
Properties:
Bitter, Cold
Latin:
Radix Scutellariae Baicalensis
Chinese:
黄芩
Tone Marks:
huáng qín
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & 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

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 6-15 grams.
  • Part used: root.

Chinese Herb Notes

  • 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.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

The TCM information presented here has been referenced from numerous sources; including teachers, practitioners, class notes from Five Branches University, the following books, as well as other sources. If you have benefited from this information, please consider supporting the authors and their works by purchasing the books below.

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