Pinyin: pu huang tan

ENGLISH NAME: Cattail (Pollen) carbon

LATIN NAME: Typhae Pollen Charcoal

Pinyin: pu huang tan

Properties: sweet, neutral
Channels Entered: Liver, Pericardium


CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Retains Blood and Stops Bleeding

2. Activates Blood Circulation, Eliminates Stagnation

3. Promotes Urination

DOSAGE
3 to 10 grams in decoction. Wrap PU Huang in cheese- cloth during decoction. It may be used internally or topically. The unprocessed herb activates blood circulation, removes blood stasis, and relieves pain, while the charred herb stops bleeding.


CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICATIONS
• PU Huang is contraindicated during pregnancy, as it may stimulate uterine contractions.
• PU Huang is contraindicated in the absence of blood stagnation.