Forsythia Fruit ( 连翘 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Forsythia Suspensae

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Lian Qiao

Common English Name

Forsythia

Part of Plant Used

Fruit

Nature

Cool

Taste

Bitter, slightly acrid

Meridians Entered

Lungs, Heart, Liver, Gallbladder

Common Usages

This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms of common cold where there is high fever, hot skin, lymphatic swelling (nodules), and/or urinary-tract infection (TCM: excess wind/hot/damp conditions).

Traditional Usages and Functions

Clears heat and poison and dissipates nodules; expels externally contracted wind heat.

Common Formulas Used In

Lonicera and Forsythia; Xanthium and Magnolia.

Processing Required

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Remarks

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Cautions in Use

Do not use this herb where there is deficient Spleen and Stomach diarrhea, or where there is fever with deficient Qi. Do not use where there are carbuncles that have already ulcerated, or if there are cold-type ulcers.



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