Capillaris ( 茵陈蒿 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Artemesia Capillaris

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Yin Chen Hao

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used

Young shoots and leaves




Bitter, acrid

Meridians Entered

Spleen, Stomach, Liver, Gallbladder

Common Usages

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

Processing Required



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


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