Huang Lian - Clear Heat Dry Dampness
LV (1.5-9g)


Huang Lian (Yellow Lion) -Yellow Lion loves to eat snakes

Whenever he ate in the jungle the Yellow Lion suffered from HT fire and ST fire from eating hot toxic snakes that tried to bite him and make him bleed. 

One time he ate more than 9 snakes which caused some sleepless nights (cc: yin deficiency) with diarrhea (cc: SP and KD deficient diarrhea) and (cc: ST cold from deficiency with nausea and vomiting)

English Name: coptis, coptis root
Pharmacuetical Name: Rhizoma Coptidis
Properties: bitter, cold

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
bleed stops bleeding
HT fire... ST fire clears HT fire; ST fire
hot toxic relieves toxicity; clears heat
ate in the jungle clear damp heat in middle jiao


       Huang Lian Actions and Indications
  • Clears Damp Heat from the Middle Jiao (damp heat in the stomach and intestines: diarrhea, tenesmus, dysenteric disorder; vomiting, diarrhea, acid regurgitation; jaundice)
  • Clears HT Fire, strongest herb to clear HT fire (short temper, shen disturbance due to heat, high fever, irritability, tongue sores; disorientation, delirium; insomnia with disharmony of Kidney and Heart)
  • Drains ST Fire (peptic ulcer, digestive dysfunction with bad breath, belching putrid odor, acid reflux; feeling of fullness with oppression below the heart, toothache from yangming fire)
  • Clears Heat; Relieves Toxicity (abcesses, painful red eyes, sore throat, ear infections, boils, carbuncles, furuncles - internal or topical)
  • Stops Bleeding (mostly due to blood heat stemming from ST and HT fire, epistaxis, blood in stool; hematemesis)
  • (cc: yin deficiency)
  • (cc: SP or KD deficiency diarrhea)
  • (cc: ST cold from deficiency with nausea and vomiting)
    Special Notes:
  • Similar to zhi zi, huang qin, and da huang: effective for all four level heats: fire, blood, damp-heat, toxicity
  • Compare with huang qin (upper jiao damp heat) and huang bai (lower jiao damp heat)

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