Scutellaria ( 黄芩 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Part of Plant Used
Heart, Lungs, Gallbladder, Large Intestine
This herb is used in formulas to treat symptoms of red eyes, cough with shortness of breath, irritability, high blood pressure, headache, thick and yellow sputum, and diarrhea with fever and thirst; also used to treat nervousness, insomnia, and skin problems (TCM: internal-heat and damp-heat conditions).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Clears heat and quells fire, particularly in Upper Burner; drains damp heat; clears heat and calms the fetus; subdues ascending Liver Yang; harmonizes function between Liver and Spleen by treating Gallbladder.
Common Formulas Used In
Bupleurum and Dragon Bone; Cimicafuga; Gentiana; Minor Bupleurum; Prunella and Scutellaria; QiangHuo and Turmeric; Rhubarb and Scutellaria; Tang Gui and Gardenia.
Cautions in Use
Do not use where there is deficient Heat in Lungs, cold diarrhea or other conditions of cold in Middle Burner, or cold in Blood.