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Introduction To Coptis Root (huang lian)









Coptis Root (huang lian)

Rhizonma Coptidis


Properties: Bitter in flavour, cold in nature, it acts on the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, stomach and large intestine channels. The herb is very strong in clearing heat and dampness and detoxicating toxins by the properties of extremely bitter and cold. It is particulary effective in clearing away the heat in heart and middle-jiao, and purging the fire in liver as well. For this reason , it is chiefly indicated for syndromes of excessive fire in the heart and stomach channels, diarrheadue to damp-heat and superficial suppurative infections caused by the noxious heat.

Effects: Clearing away heat, dampness, and fire, and detoxicating toxins.


1.  For treating the exopathogenic febrile diseases which are belonging to the type of excessive heat in the blood, manifested as dysphoria with high fever, coma and delirium, it is used in combination with rhinoceros horn and rehmannia root to clear heat from the blood, and the heart-heat and alleciate restlessness. In cases of excessive pathogenic fire manifested as dysphoria, insomnia, canker sores in the mouth, it is used in combination with cinnabar and rehmannia root known as Zhusha Anshen Wan (Cinnabar Sedative Bolus) to lessen palpitation and tranquilize the mind.

2. For treating the syndrome of excessive fire in the stomach, poor appetite, nausea, toothache due to stomach-fire, and polyorexia, it is used in combination with gypsum, bamboo shavings to clear the stomach-fire and arrest vomiting. In cases of damp-heat in large intestine, diarrhea with abdominal pain, tenesmus, it is used in combination with scutellaria root, aucklandia root and Chinese angelica root known as Shaoyao Tang (Decoction of Peony) to clear away heat, remove dampness, promote the Qj circulation.

3.  For treating superficial suppurative infections, such as sores, carbuncles, furuncles and boils, septicemia induced by furunculosis, it is used in combination with forsythia fruit, dandelion herb and scutellaria root to clear away heat, remove dampness, promote the Qi circulation.

Furthermore, owing to the function of clearing the liver-fire, the preparation is also indicated for the stomach disease caused by liver-fire, hypochondriac pain, acid gurgitation, and conjunctival congestion caused by liver-heat.

Dosage and Administration: 2-10g. Use the preparation of stir-baked with ginger juice for arresting vomiting. The preparation of wine stir-baked is good at clearing away the noxious heat in the upper-jiao.

Precautions: This herb is extremely bitter and cold, therefore it should not be given in large amount or over a long period so as to avoid hurt of spleen and stomach. Because of the bitter and dryness properties, it is proper to be used in combination with the drugs for reinforcing Yin to treat the patients with extremely heat due to Yin deficiency.


For the convenience of customers, we offer the Coptis Root (huang lian) as the quick-dissolving granule made through modern technology.




Every sachet is equivalent to raw herb 3 grams.


The dosage is for adults, one sachet each time, twice a day. Please put the granule into a cup, then put 50-100ml boiling water into the cup and stir it with spoon. You will get some tea, drink it when it is luke-warm. For children, the dosage should be reduced according to the weight.


Air ship 50 sachets of Coptis Root (huang lian) in the form of quick-dissolving granule for your personal use now at $98.00.

If you would like to order this raw herb, please go to the order form.


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