Pinyin: xuan fu hua
ENGLISH NAME: Inula flowers
LATIN NAME: Inulae Flos Praeparata
Properties: bitter, acrid, salty, slightly warm
Channels Entered: Large Intestine, Lung, Stomach, Spleen
CHINESE THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
1. Dissolves Phlegm, Regulates Water Circulation
2. Descends Qi and Stops Vomiting
3 to 10 grams as decoction. Xuan Fu Hua should be wrapped in cheesecloth prior to decoction to avoid irritation to the throat or digestive tract by the fuzz on the flowers. The unprocessed herb more strongly lowers qi, dissolves phlegm, and stops nausea. The honey-fried herb more effectively moistens the Lung, dispels phlegm, and relieves cough and wheezing.
CAUTIONS I CONTRAINDICA TIONS
• Bitter, warm and dispersing in nature, Xuan Fu Hua should be used with caution for patients experiencing dry cough due to yin deficiency, or loose stools because of Spleen deficiency.
• AIlergic dermatitis and diarrhea have been reported following the use of Xuan Fu Hua.