Qing Hao (Wormwood)

Qing Hao (Wormwood)

Herb 6 of 7 in Herbs that Clear and Relieve Summerheat

Cold Qing Hao (Herba Artemisiae Apiaceae)
Photo Note:
Qing Hao (Spring Harvest)
Bitter, Cold
Herba Artemisiae Apiaceae
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qīng hāo
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Chinese Herb Actions

  • Clears Summer-Heat
    Low fever, stifling sensation in chest, headache, dizziness, heavy limbs, with or without sweating
  • Treats Malaria and Resolves Heat
    Alternating fever and chills (use large fresh dose)
  • Clears Yin Xu Heat and Blood Xu Heat
    Steaming bone fever without sweating, afternoon fever, constant low grade fever, five palms heat. Its bitter coldness does not injure the stomach, the yin or the blood.
  • Cools Blood and Stops Bleeding
    Chronic febrile disorders where heat enters Ying level, nighttime fevers and chills in the morning, thirst, flushed face, irritability, no sweating, nosebleeds, purpuric rash
  • Clears Liver and Gall Bladder Heat and Brightens Eyes
    Red eyes, dizziness, photophobia due to Liver Yang rising, eye disorders

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Overcooking decreases effectiveness

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

  • None Noted
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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-10 grams in decoction (Chen)
  • 3-9 grams in decoction (Bensky)

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Qing Hao is proven effective for malaria and some cancer cell lines by breaking down cell walls.
  • Fresh herb is best, heat destroys active constituents.

This Herb Appears in the Following Formulas:

References Used

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