INDIVIDUAL HERBS

Pharmaceutical Latin: Fructus Forsythiae
Common English: Forsythia Fruit
Weeping Forsythia Capsule
Herbs That Clean Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs That Clean Heat and Detoxify; Target Warm and Heat Diseases
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Bitter
Slightly Acrid
(Astringent )
Slightly Cold
(Cool)
Heart
Lung
Gallbladder
(Liver)
(San Jiao)
6-30g
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat (especially in the Upper Jiao) and relieves toxicity

Wind-Heat with high fever, slight chills and sore throat

Reduces abscesses and dissipates clumps

Toxic Heat sores and swellings (Chuang Yung) , scrofula and throat Bi

Clears Blood Heat

Blood Heat

Promotes urination

Lin syndrome, dysuria, hematuria
CONTRAINDICATIONS
  • Contraindicated for those with diarrhea or loose stools due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiencies.
  • Contraindicated for those with carbuncles that have already ulcerated.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin ulcers.
  • Contraindicated for those with purulent abscesses.
  • Contraindicated for those with Blood Heat due to Yin Deficiency.
INCOMPATIBILITIES
HERB/DRUG INTERACTIONS

Rx. Isatis
Ban Lan Gen

Rx. Isatis
Ban Lan Gen
Hb. seu Flos Schizonepetae
Jing Jie
Hb, Menthae
Bo He

Rx. Isatis
Ban Lan Gen
Fol. Isatidis
Da Qing Ye

Any externally contracted Heat disorder

Wind-Heat common cold or influenza

Mumps and erysipelas

Rx. Isatis
Ban Lan Gen
Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi

Rx. Isatis
Ban Lan Gen
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Flos Chrysanthemi Indici
Ye Ju Hua

Tonsillitis

Acute infectious diseases such as dysentery

Initial stage warm febrile disease

Hb. Ephedrae
Ma Huang
Rx. Paeoniae Rubra
Chi Shao
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Sp. Prunellae
Xia Ku Cao
Bul. Fritillaria
Bei Mu
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

Fr. Arctii
Niu Bang Zi
Hb. Menthae
Bo He

Allergic rashes

Scrofula and tuberculosis adenitis

Wei Stage Heat

Cornu Bubali
Shui Niu Jiao
Sm. Nelumbinis
Lian Zi

or

Cornu Bubali
Shui Niu Jiao
Pl. Nelumbinis
Lian Zi Xin

Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua

Flos Chrysanthemi Indici
Ye Ju Hua
Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua
Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying

Heat Attacking the Pericardium

Initial-stage Wind-Heat

External sores and internal abscesses (boils, carbuncles and furuncles)

Sm. Phaseoli
Lu Dou

Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi

Rx. Paeoniae Rubra
Chi Shao
Rx. Arnebiae/Lithospermi
Zi Cao

(Fr. Jujube)
(Da Zao)

Fire in the Heart Channel with Damp-Heat pouring downward with painful urinary dribbling or gynecological pain

Jaundice and gynecological disorders such as pelvic inflammatory disease or postpartum fever

Heat entering the Pericardium

Heat remaining in the Heart channel with sores in the mouth, or on the tongue, dark, scanty urine, or urinary discomfort

Rashes due to Blood Heat

Hb. Lophatheri
Dan Zhu Ye
Caulis Akebiae
Mu Tong

or

Hb. Lophatheri
Dan Zhu Ye
Caul. Akebiae
Mu Tong
Sm. Plantaginis
Che Qian Zi

Rx. Sophorae Tonkinensis
Shan Dou Gen
Rx. Platycodi
Jie Geng
Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Gypsum Fibrosum
Shi Gao
Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen

Heat or bloody painful urinary dysfunction (Lin)

Throat Bi

Lumps and nodules

Heart Fire

  1. Both Fr. Forsythiae Lian Qiao and Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua are cooling and relieve toxicity and both guide Heat to the surface while cooling Internally. Lian Qiao cools Heart Fire, disperses stagnant Qi at the Blood level, treats Lin syndrome and treats shigella and staphylococcus while Jin Yin Hua disperses surface Heat, is sweet and cold so does less harm to the Stomach and treats salmonella and streptococcus.
  2. This is one of the most important herbs for purging Heart Fire.
  3. It is used in most formulas for treating inflammation.
  4. Its action is similar to Jin Yin Hua and they are usually prescribed together.
  5. This plant has a reputation for curing cancer.
  6. Excels at treating acute or long-term skin conditions.
  7. Treats microbial toxicosis.
  8. Treats externally contracted Wind-Heat or Warm pathogen entering the Pericardium with irritability, fever, delirium, or  rashes due to Blood Heat.
  9. It also promotes urination and and leads Heart Fire out through the urine.
  10. . Eliminates Phlegm.
  11. Good for any case of Lung Heat or Heart Fire obstruction the fluids.
  12. Green Forsythia Qing Lian Qiao or Forsythia with Seeds Dai Xin Lian Qiao are best for cooling and resolving toxicity.
  13. Yellow Forsythia Huang Lian Qiao or Clean Forsythia Jing Lian Qiao is best for reducing boils and dispersing clumps.
  14. Forsythia Seeds Lian Qiao Xin are used when Heat enters the Pericardium leading to impaired conscious and delirious speech.