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Xia Ku Cao #1164M

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Pin Ying Name: Xia Ku Cao

Chinese Name: 夏枯草

English Name: Prunella

Latin Name: Prunellae, Spica

Herbs that Clear Heat and Drain Fire: Herbs that Clear Heat in the Qi Stage
Category
Properties
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Bitter
Acrid
Slightly Sweet
Astringent
Cold
GallBladder
Liver
Kidney
Lung
6-18g 30g (Maximum, Alone)
Actions & Indications
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage

Clears Liver Fire and brightens the eyes

  • Liver Fire with red, painful or swollen eyes or headache and dizziness, double vision, watery eyes
  • Eye pain which is worse in the evening due to Liver Yin Deficiency, especially when the eyes are neither red nor swollen

Clears Hot Phlegm and dissipates nodules

  • Any neck lumps or nodules due to Phlegm-Fire such as scrofula, lipoma, carbuncle, swollen glands or goiter thyroid or enlarged lymph glands

Treats hypertension

  • Hypertension due to Liver Fire or Liver Yang Rising, headaches, Dizziness
Contraindications
  • Use with caution for those with Spleen and Stomach Deficiency and weakness.