Coptis ( 黄连 ) ...Chinese Herb...
of Plant Used
Heart, Liver, Stomach, Large Intestine
This herb is used in formulas to treat many excess heat-related conditions
including severe sore throats, high fevers, delirium, nosebleeds, and blood
in stool, phlegm, or vomit (TCM: excess heat symptoms).
Usages and Functions
Quells fire and detoxifies fire poison; clears heat and drains dampness;
clears Heart fire; clears heat and stops bleeding; drains Stomach fire; clears
Formulas Used In
Hoelen and Polyporus; Leonuris and Achyranthes; Tang Gui and Gardenia.
Coptis is one of the stronger herbs with heat-clearing action and can be
used for almost any excessive heat symptom. With severe symptoms, it is always
best to consult a practitioner.
Do not use this herb when there is a strong Yin deficiency or cold-deficient
Stomach, or diarrhea from deficient Spleen or Kidneys. Coptis should not
be used for long periods of time due to its cold and drying qualities, which
may create deficient Spleen and Stomach imbalances.