Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Pulsatillae
Common English: Pulsatilla Root
Chinese Anemone Root
Asian Pasqueflower Root
Herbs that Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs that Clear Heat and Dry Dampness
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat, alleviates dysentery, cools the Blood and resolves Fire toxicity

Dysentery, Damp-Heat in the Stomach or Intestines, hematochezia

Toxic Fire dysentery

  • Only use the dried herb not the fresh.
  • Contraindicated for those with chronic dysentery or diarrhea due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiency Cold.
  • Contraindicated for women with vaginal discharge due to Stomach Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with dysenteric disorders that exhibit pale Blood.

Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian
Cx. Fraxini
Qin Pi

Hb. Portulacae
Ma Chi Xian


Rx. Bupleuri
Chai Hu
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Sm. Arecae
Bing Lang

Damp-Heat or epidemic dysenteric disorders

Dysenteric disorders due to Heat toxin

Warm febrile malarial disorders

Rx. Sophorae Flavescentis
Ku Shen

Rx. Sanguisorbae
Di Yu
Charred Flos Sophorae
Huai Hua Tan
Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin

External wash for itchy vaginal discharge

Bleeding hemorrhoids


  1. This herb is used when a Heat syndrome is damaging fluids or causing bleeding.
  2. An extract is used in douches for trichomonas vaginitis.
  3. It is in the same family as goldenseal.
  4. It treats Hot dysenteric disorders with a bearing-down sensation or tenesmus, especially where bleeding is involved.
  5. It can be used as an enema for dysenteric disorders.
  6. This herb can be used alone internally or topically for hemorrhoids.
  7. This herb can be used alone Internally or topically for scrofula.
  8. Other sources say that this herb treats warm malarial disorders with frequent thrashing, delirium, chills, fever, abdominal masses, accumulation and goiter; drives out Blood, stops pain, treats metal sores, nosebleeds, toxic red dysenteric disorders, abdominal pain, toothache, pain in all of the joints, scrofula on the lower neck, all types of Wind, warms the lower back, brightens the eyes and dissolves warts.
  9. Bai Tou Weng, Fr. Bruceae Ya Dan Zi and Hb. Portulacae Ma Chi Xian all clear Heat, resolve toxicity and treat dysenteric disorders. They are used together to treat bleeding dysenteric disorders due to Heat toxin. Ma Chi Xian primarily treats red dysenteric disorders with mucus and Blood, partly because it cools the Blood and stops bleeding. Ya Dan Zi primarily treats dysenteric disorders that alternate between mild and severe, or seem to be cured and then recur. Bai Tou Weng treats both types.