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Heartleaf Houttuynia Herb


Chinese Name Yuxingcao
Latin Herba Houttuyniae
English Name Heartleaf Houttuynia Herb
Key Characteristics Herb that clears heat and eliminates toxin
Source Fresh or dried aerial part of Houttuynia cordata Thunb.(Fam. Saururaceae).
Property, Flavor and Meridians Entered Acrid, cold; Lung, Large Intestine

To clear heat and eliminate toxin, promote drainage of pus, and induce excretion of urine


Lung abscess with purulent expectoration, heat in the lung with cough and dyspnea, acute dysentery, heat stranguria, carbuncles and sores, in addition, used for upper respiratory tract infection, bronchopneumonia, lobar pneumonia and pulmonary abscess

Special Usage

Double dosage of the fresh ones is used in the form of decoction or juice. It is pounded into paste for topical application or the lesion is bathed with the decoction.


It should not be decocted for a longer time, because it contains volatile oil. It is contraindicated for a deficiency and cold syndrome and sores, or ulcers of the yin syndrome.

Chemical Composition

It contains decanoyl acetaldehyde, cordarine, quercitrin, etc.


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