Scrophularia ( 玄参 ) ...Chinese Herb...
Latin Plant Name
Pinyin Mandarin Name
Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Salty, slightly bitter
Lungs, Stomach, Kidneys
This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms such as constipation, dizziness, and irritability after a feverish imbalance; swollen eyes and extremely sore and swollen throat, bleeding due to heat and toxicity, boils, goiter, thirst, and dry cough with thin phlegm (TCM: deficient Yin and fire conditions).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Clears heat and cools Blood; nourishes Yin; quells fire and detoxifies fire poison; softens hardness and dissipates nodules.
Common Formulas Used In
Ginseng and Zizyphus.
Cautions in Use
Use with caution where there is dampness of Spleen or Stomach, or where there is deficient Spleen diarrhea.