Pinyin: huang qin

ENGLISH NAME: Radix Scutellariae

LATIN NAME: Scutellariae Radix

Pinyin: huang qin

Properties: bitter, cold
Channels Entered: Lung, Gallbladder, Stomach, Large Intestine

CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Clears Heat and Dries Dampness

2. Clears Heat and Sedates Fire

3. Clears Heat and Eliminates Toxins

4. Cools Blood and Stops Bleeding

5. Calms and Stabilizes the Fetus


DOSAGE
3 to 10 grams in decoction. The maximum dosage of Huang Qin is 30 grams. Use the fresh form to clear damp- heat in the Intestines; the dried, unprocessed form to clear heat and remove toxins; the dry-fried form to calm the fetus; the steamed with grain-based liquor form to clear Lung heat; and the charred form to stop bleeding.

CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Bitter and cold, Huang Qin should be used with caution as it may damage Stomach gi and injure Spleen yin.
• Patients with the following conditions should use Huang Qin with extreme caution: blood deficiency with abdominal pain, edema due to Spleen deficiency, loose stool because of Kidney deficiency, amenorrhea from blood deficiency, and unstable pregnancy caused by excess cold.