Xia Cu Cao - Clear Heat: Drain Fire
LV, GB (9-15g)

 
Xia Cu Cao (common self-fruit spike)
Did somebody say spike?! This is the story of the lady's volleyball game of a lifetime - Xia vs. Cao! These ladies are on fire, lets brighten our eyes this scorching summer day, cuz Xia's nodules have never looked better!

English Name: prunella, flower (fruit-spike) of common selfheal
Pharmacuetical Name: Spica Prunellae
Properties: bitter, acrid, cold

  Explanation of Key Words in this story...
ladies are on fire... brighten our eyes Clears LV fire... brightens the eyes
summer... nodules clears heat and dissipates nodules

 

       Xia Cu Cao Actions and Indications
  • Clears LV fire and brightens the eyes (Liver fire or LYR with red swollen painful eyes, photophobia, headache, dizziness; Liver yin deficiency with eye pain that worsens at night; modern use for hypertension, hepatitis, hepatomegaly)
  • Clears heat and dissipates nodules (lumps or nodules due to phlegm fire in meridians: scrofula, goiter, swollen glands, fatty tumours, scrofula, lipoma, breast cysts)
  • (note: lowers high blood pressure)
  • (cc: SP or ST deficiency)
    Special Notes:
  • Xia Ku Hua and Xia Ku Cao are often used interchangeably, however Xia Ku Cao is generally considered more potent and more desireable.
  • For Liver yin deficiency with eye pain that worsens at night when combine Xia Ku Cao with yin nourishing herbs.
  • Xia Ku Cao lowers blood pressure.

 
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