Scutellaria ( 黄芩 ) ...Chinese Herb...

Latin Plant Name

Scutellariae Baiclaensis

Pinyin Mandarin Name

Huang Qin

Common English Name


Part of Plant Used






Meridians Entered

Heart, Lungs, Gallbladder, Large Intestine

Common Usages

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.

Processing Required




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.

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