Huang Qin - Clear Heat Dry Dampness
LU, LI, ST, GB (6-15g)


Huang Qin -"Yellow Kin"... Natives of the Toxic Desert

The natives of the toxic desert never got any rain so the chief would get hot blooded, make himself bleed, and pound his chest (upper jiao) for rain. If the rain did not come the chief would start a fire, smoke tobacco, and sacrifice charred lamb Liver and GB on the Fire. Although living near a toxic waste dump caused some odd deformities, it is said that the Yellow Kin natives learned a telepathic ability to cool and calm the unborn fetus.

The chief would pray for days, but eventually if no rain came he would succumb to (cc: deficient heat) and (cc: diarrhea due to cold in the middle jiao)

English Name: scute, scutellaria, baikal skullcap root
Pharmacuetical Name: Radix Scutellariae
Properties: bitter, cold

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
toxic desert... rain clears heat; relieves toxicity; clear damp heat (upper jiao)
hot blooded, make himself bleed cools blood; stops bleeding
fire, smoke tobacoo clears heat from LU; drains fire (upper jiao)
Liver and GB on the fire clear heat from LV/GB channel
cool and calm the unborn fetus clears heat; calms fetus


       Huang Qin Actions and Indications
  • Clears damp heat in the upper jiao (dysenteric disorder, diarrhea, jaundice, damp warm-febrile diseases: fever with stifling sensation in chest; thirst without desire to drink)(upper jiao)
  • Clears Heat from LU; drains fire (high fever, irritable, thirst; cough, thick yellow sputum due to phlegm-heat)
  • Clears heat and and resolves toxicity (carbuncles, furuncles, hot sores and swelling, sore throat)
  • Cools blood, stop bleeding (hematemesis, epistaxis, blood in stool, excessive uterine bleeding)
  • Clears heat; calms fetus (warning signs of early miscarriage; morning sickness due to heat in Stomach)
  • Clear heat from LV/GB channel (jaundice, hepatitis, shaoyang syndrome: alternating chills and fever; headache, bitter taste, irritability, red eyes, flushed face; hypochondriac or chest constriction; recent use for hypertension)
  • (cc: deficient heat)
  • (cc: diarrhea due to cold in middle jiao)
    Alternate Forms:
  • jiu zhi- enhances clearing of LU damp heat
  • chao tan- better to stop bleeding
    Special Notes:
  • Combine Huang Qi with Shan Yao for an synergistic effect to treat diabetes mellitus.

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