Xia Ku Cao – Prunella spike – Selfheal – “Summer Withered Herb”

Nature: bitter, acrid, cold

Enters: Liver, Gallbladder

Actions: Clears liver fire; brightens the eyes; disperses stagnant phlegm and fire, dissipates nodules.

• Liver fire: red, swollen, painful eyes, lots of tears, dizziness, photophobia, headache.
• Liver deficiency: eye pain that increases in the evening, especially when the eyes are neither red nor swollen.
• Stagnant phlegm-fire: neck nodules, lipomas, swollen glands, scrofula, goiter. Also for similar nodules in the inguinal groove or other parts of the body.
• Mildly reduces hypertension (probably through vasodilation), especially when accompanied by liver fire or Yang rising.
• Broad antimicrobial (tuberculosis, shigella, salmonella, E. coli, pseudomonas, strep, many other fungi and bacteria).
Li: Softens hardness: thick blood, lumps (including hyperthyroidism), hardened skin in eczema.
MLT: Also for conjunctivitis; some cancers.
PCBDP: Astringent, vulnerary.

Dose: 9-15g (up to 30g taken alone)

3 comments on “Xia Ku Cao – Prunella spike – Selfheal – “Summer Withered Herb”

  1. D vernon says:

    Very effective for me. A few leaves and/or with flower spike and some stem chewed raw was more effective than infused/boiled. Not unpleasant. Eye problem (summer, when it’s available fresh; problem not had other seasons) much abated or gone at night. Plentiful where we live, I am thankful. Knows how to duck and grow after mowing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can Xia Ku Cao be combined with the Western herbs thyme and horehound for a sore throat formula?

    • Peter Borten says:

      Sure, though I lean much more on herbs that enter the Lung from the category of herbs that Clear Heat & Toxicity. Almost all the herbs in that category address sore and swollen throat (due to toxic heat), including:
      Jin Yin Hua
      Lian Qiao
      Ban Lan Gen
      {These first 3 are probably the most popular, especially the combination of Jin Yin Hua and Lian Qiao in the formula Yin Qiao San}
      Da Qing Ye
      Ye Ju Hua
      Ma Bo
      She Gan
      Bai Hua She She Cao
      Chuan Xin Lian
      Gui Zhen Cao
      Zi Hua Di Ding
      Yu Xing Cao…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *