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Figwort Root

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Chinese Name Xuanshen
Latin Radix Scrophulariae
English Name Figwort Root
Key Characteristics Herb that clears heat and cools blood
Source Dried root of Scrophularia ning poensis Hemsl. (Fam. Scrophulariaceace).
Property, Flavor and Meridians Entered

Sweet, bitter, salty, slightly cold; Lung, Stomach, Kidney

Actions

To cold blood and nourish yin, quench fire and eliminate toxin 

Indications

Febrile diseases with impairment of yin manifested as deep red tongue and severe thirst, eruptions, constipation due to impairment of body fluids, lung tuberculosis with cough, bloodshot eyes, sore throat, scrofula, diphtheria, boils and sores

Precaution

It is not suggested to give to patients with cold and deficiency in the spleen and stomach, poor appetite and loose stools.  It is incompatible with Rhizoma et Radix Veratri.

Chemical Composition

It contains iridoides, oleic acid, stearic acid, etc.

   



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