art Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations:
The entire plant, including leaves, is gathered in any season. The leaves can be picked two or three times each year, dried in a shady place and then cut into pieces.
Properties and Taste:
Pungent and cool
Lung and liver
To disperse wind-heat and clear the head and eyes To promote liver qi, allowing it to flow freely To bring rashes to the surface
Indications and Combinations:
1. Wind-heat exterior syndrome manifested as fever, headache, mild aversion to wind and cold, sore throat and red eyes. *Use with Platycodon root (Jiegeng), Arctium fruit (Niubangzi) and Chrysanthemum flower (Juhua).
2. Early stage of measles with slight rash. *Use with Arctium fruit (Niubangzi) and Pueraria root (Gegen).
3. Stagnation of qi in the liver manifested as a full sensation and pain in the chest and costal region. *Use with White peony root (Baishao) and Bupleurum root (Chaihu) in the formula Xiaoyao San .