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Qing Hao

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Name: Sweet Wormwood (青蒿)

Pinyin: Qing Hao

Pharm. Name: Herba Artemisiae Chinghao






Acrid, Bitter

Clear deficiency heat, clear summer-heat, clear damp-heat, check malaria.

Kidney, Liver, Gall Bladder, Bladder, Stomach, San Jiao




The aerial parts of the annual herbaceous plant Artemisia annua. It can clear deficiency heat, cool blood, and expel the latent pathogenic heat in the blood stem, so it excels in treating endogenous heat syndrome due to yin consumption with latent heat which fails to be cleared completely in the terminal stage of warm disease manifested as fever aggravated at night while alleviated at morning, absence of sweating during heat-reducing or lingering of low-grade fever. Except for expelling exo-pathogenic summer-heat externally, it can clear heat and remove dampness internally. It is suitable for the syndrome of exogenous summer-heat manifested as fever, thirst, headache, and dizziness. It is combined with pungent-cool exterior-releasing herbs and summer-heat-clearing herbs, such as Lian Qiao, Xi Gua Cui Yi, Hua Shi, as in Qing Liang Di Shu Tang from Shi Bing Lun (Treatise on Seasonal Disease).


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