Hu Huang Lian - Clear Deficient Heat
LV , ST (3-9g)


Who hung the Lion?
When the lion's nutrition was impaired he was starving in the desert so he went to the jungle where he was captured and hung by the villagers.

If he had been more careful not to develop (cc: Spleen and Stomach Insufficiency) he wouldn't have had to move!

English Name: picrorhiza, figwort flower rhizome
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Picrorhizae
Properties: bitter, cold

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
nutrition was impaired heat from childhood nutritional impairment
starving in the desert deficient heat
jungle damp heat


      Hu Huang Lian Actions and Indications
  • Clears deficient heat (tidal fever, yin deficient fire, steaming bone disorder)
  • Clear heat from childhood nutritional impairment (indigestion, abdominal distension with emaciation; afternoon fevers)
  • Drains damp heat (diarrhea, damp-heat dysenteric disorders or hemorrhoids)
  • (cc: Spleen and Stomach Insufficiency)
    Special Notes:
  • Hu Huang Lian primarily clears deficient heat, whereas Huang Lian primarily clears damp heat.
  • Hu Huang Lian is similar to Yin Chai Hu, but is stronger to clear deficient heat.

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