Zi Cao (Groomwell Root or Arnebia or Lithospermum)

Zi Cao (Groomwell Root or Arnebia or Lithospermum)

Herb 11 of 11 in Herbs that Cool the Blood

Cold Zi Cao (Radix Arnebiae seu Lithospermi)
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Zi Cao Ruan Shown
Sweet, Cold
Radix Arnebiae seu Lithospermi
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Purple Herb
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Chinese 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.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

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

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-9 grams.

Chinese Herb Notes

  • Can be made into an ointment for use topically.

References Used

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