Capillaris ( 茵陈蒿 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Yin Chen Hao
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Young shoots and leaves
Spleen, Stomach, Liver, Gallbladder
Formulas use this herb most often for its effect in treating any kind of jaundice with accompanying eye and skin discoloration and dark urine (TCM: damp heat; Liver imbalance); and to treat pain on the side and under ribs with accompanying nausea and appetite loss (TCM: Liver or Gallbladder imbalance).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Clears damp heat from the Liver and Gallbladder and relieves jaundice; clears heat and relieves exterior conditions.
Common Formulas Used In
Rhubarb and Scutellaria
In cases of jaundice, see a practitioner immediately. This herb is combined with different types of herbs for different types of jaundice.
Cautions in Use