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Baical Skullcap Root


Chinese Name Huangqin
Latin Radix Scutellariae
English Name

Baical Skullcap Root

Key Characteristics Herb that clears heat and removes dampness

Dried root of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi

Property, Flavor and Meridians Entered

Bitter, cold; Lung, Gallbladder, Spleen, Large intestine and Small Intestine

Actions To clear heat and remove dampness, quench fire and counteract toxicity, arrest bleeding, and prevent miscarriage

Oppressed feeling in the chest, nausea and vomiting in epidemic febrile diseases caused by damp-heat or summer-heat, feeling of stuffiness in the abdomen, acute dysentery or jaundice caused by damp-heat, cough due to heat in the lung, high fever with excessive thirst, spitting of blood and epistaxis due to heat in blood, carbuncles and sores, threatened abortion, in addition, used for pneumonia and bronchitis, hypertension, viral hepatitis, trachoma.

Special Usage

Fresh ones are used to remove fire, while dry-fried ones are used to prevent miscarriage. Processed with spirit are used to clear and eliminate damp-heat from the upper energizer. Charred ones are used to stop bleeding.


It is forbidden to give to patients with cold and deficiency of the spleen and stomach.

Chemical Composition

It contains baicalein, baicalin, wogonoside, etc.


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