Pu Gong Ying – Taraxacum – Dandelion

Nature: sweet, bitter, cold

Enters: Liver, Stomach

Actions: Drains dampness; clears heat; eliminates toxicity; promotes lactation; reduces abscesses; dissipates nodules.

• Heat-toxicity: inflammation – mastitis, appendicitis, prostatitis; carbuncles, boils, abscesses, nodules (especially when firm and hard). Used internally and topically.
• Damp-heat: jaundice, painful urination.
• Insufficient lactation: especially when due to heat.
Pu gong ying clears heat without the risk of damaging the stomach.
• The leaves are better at draining dampness than the root. The root is generally regarded as better at eliminating toxicity than the aerial parts.
• Antibacterial; anti-inflammatory.
K&R: Cholagogue, laxative, diuretic. Wood excess, metal deficiency, water excess.
• Wood: biliary dyskinesia, vesicular calculi, constipation, obesity, cellulitis, urea, gout, hypercholesterolemia, varices, acne, herpes, eczema.
Metal: acne, chronic rheumatism.
Water: excess uric acid, urinary calculi, urea, renal insufficiency.
• Also for various states of congestion of the liver and pancreas.
• Use as an eyewash for acute conjunctivitis.
Yoga: Bitter, sweet/cooling/pungent. P, K-; V+
• Alterative, diuretic, lithotriptic, laxative, bitter tonic.
• Detoxifies Pitta and Ama conditions.
• For swollen lymph nodes, tumors, suppressed lactation, breast problems.
• Similar to the Indian herb Bhringaraj – may substitute.
• Detoxifying for over-consumption of fat, fried foods, and meat.
MLT: For cirrhosis, hepatitis; all breast disorders.
• The whole herb is strongly diuretic, especially the leaves.
Joe: Rich in potassium. Therefore, when used as diuretic, it should not deplete potassium in the body.
RW: Rich in vitamins, especially C.
• Contains substances which act like enzymes, stimulating the function of the large glands – especially the liver and kidneys – and stimulating cell metabolism as a whole.
• Diuretic and cholagogue: encourages kidney function and promotes secretory function in the liver. Good for gall and kidney stones.
• For a tendency to form gallstones: must take dandelion for 4-6 weeks (best done in the spring, and repeated in the fall if necessary).
• One of the best herbs to use in chronic rheumatic complaints, chronic degenerative joint disease, and arthritis (requires repeated, consistent courses of treatment).
MW: The root focuses more on the (Western) liver – for stagnant metabolism, waste products/fluids building up. The leaf focuses more on the (Western) kidneys.
• Will stop infections in bones (e.g., infected tooth and jaw).
• Good when the tongue has a geographic coat.
• For mental illness: manic depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders (generally takes time to work – 6-12 weeks – not usually for acute disease).

Dose: 9-30g (up to 100g fresh)

5 comments on “Pu Gong Ying – Taraxacum – Dandelion

  1. Ro Garriott says:

    BEAUTIFUL site…great info. 🙂

  2. joseph albesa says:

    where can we buy pugong ying caosule..this was given to me by my herb doctor here in tacloban city..leyte philippines..

    thank you

    • Peter Borten says:

      I would think there are lots of companies selling dandelion in capsules online. Most of them will probably be selling just the root, which is the most commonly used part in Western herbalism, but it does most of what Pu Gong Ying does, with probably less damp-draining effect.

  3. Olivia says:

    Hello – I love your website. Do you have a list of the references that go along with the acronyms you have listed in your descriptions of individual herbs? Thank you so much!

    • Peter Borten says:

      Thanks. The source information is on the homepage — scroll down below the introductory text. Sorry it’s not easier to decipher from the abbreviations in the herb posts.

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