Nature: sweet, slightly bitter, cold
Enters: Stomach, Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Liver
Actions: Drains dampness, promotes urination; clears heat; eliminates toxicity; relieves stagnation of heat and toxicity; reduces abscesses.
• Lower Jiao damp-heat: hot, painful urination. Also for damp-heat jaundice.
• Heat and toxicity: acne, carbuncles, boils, swollen, painful throat, intestinal abscess, appendicitis, sores, ulcerations, snake bite, ulcerative colitis. Used internally and topically.
• Cancer: stomach, esophagus, rectum (take 60g daily, long term, while monitoring digestion for cold damage). Usually combined with other herbs, such as Ban zhi lian.
• Strongly relieves fire-toxicity.