INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Isatidis
Common English: Woad Root
Isatidis Root
Indigo Wood Root   
Herbs That Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs That Clear Heat and Detoxify; Target Warm and Heat Diseases
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Bitter
Cold
Heart
Lung
Stomach
(Liver)
9-30g
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Drains Heat, relieves Fire toxicity, cools the Blood and benefits the throat

Warm febrile disease

Epidemic disorders

Seasonal toxic pathogens such as mumps, and painful, swollen throat conditions

Damp-Heat jaundice

Gallbladder Heat

Blood Heat

CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with Spleen and Stomach Deficiency Cold.
  • Contraindicated for weak patients.
  • Contraindicated for those with no Fire toxin.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS
  • Patients who allergic to sulfonylureas such as tolbutamide (Orinase), glipizide (Glucotrol) and glyburide (DiaBeta/Micronase) and sulfonamides such as sulfanilamide, sulfisoxazole, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim/Septra) and erythromycin/sulfisoxazole (Pediazole) may also be allergic to Ban Lan Gen.
  • Use with caution
  • when taken in conjunction with anticoagulants such as heparin, warfarin (Coumadin) and enoxaparin (Lovenox) or antiplatelet such as aspirin, dipyridamole (Persantine) and clopidogrel (Plavix).

Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Hb. Schizonepetae
Jing Jie

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Rz. Anemarrhenae
Zhi Mu
Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua
Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Gypsum
Shi Gao

Early-Stage Wind-Heat.

Pain and swelling of the throat, acute tonsillitis and diphtheria.

Fever, irritability, dry throat, and thirst due to Heat.

Rx. Sophorae Tonkinensis
Shan Dou Gen

Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi
Hb. Patriniae
Bai Jiang Cao

Rz. seu Rx. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo

Severe pain, swelling and redness of the throat, teeth, and gums due to Internal accumulation of intense Heat.

Mouth and tongue ulcers.

Mumps with pain and swelling in the throat.

Heat toxin affecting the head and neck.

Lasiosphere/Calvatia
Ma Bo
Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

Hb. Artemisiae Scopariae
Yin Chen Hao

Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi

Throat pain as part of a massive febrile disorder of the head with a strong fever and chills, with redness, swelling and burning pain of the face.

Damp Heat jaundice or Damp-Heat in the Liver/Gallbladder.

Febrile disorders.

Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Rx. Sophorae Tonkinensis
Shan Dou Gen
Lasiosphere/Calvatia
Ma Bo

 

 

Sore throat.

 

 

  1. It is used in China for a wide variety of viral infections.
  2. It is made into an instant tea for sore throats and hepatitis.
  3. This is northern Bei Ban Lan Gen and is the standard plant according to the Chinese pharmacopia.
  4. Southern Nan Ban Lan Gen is Rx. et Rz. Baphicacanthis is considered to be of inferior quality. If the precise plant is unclear, only the name Ban Lan Gen is used.
  5. Bei Ban Lan Gen can substitute for Fol. Isatidis Da Qing Ye.
  6. Bei Ban Lan Gen, Fol. Isatidis Da Qing Ye and Indigo Naturalis Qing Dai all originate from the same plants, cool Heat in the Blood, and reduce skin blotches. Qing Dai is best for toxic sores due to Fire and Heat, rashes from Warm toxins, hemoptysis and hematemesis and childhood convulsions. Da Qing Ye and Bei Ban Lan Gen both cool Heat toxin in the Heart and Stomach, but Da Qing Ye is usually used for rashes from Warm toxin, while Bei Ban Lan Gen is used for massive head febrile disorders and throat obstruction due to mumps.