Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Scutellariae Barbatae
Common English: Bearded Scutellaria
Barbat Skullcap
Barbed Skullcap Root
Herbs that Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs that Clear Heat and Detoxify; Target Warm and Heat Disease
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Slightly Bitter
(Large Intestine)
Cancers: up to 60g
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat, resolves Fire toxins, invigorates the Blood and reduces swellings

Furuncles, sores and abscesses (Chuang Yung), appendicitis, pulmonary abscess


Swellings due to trauma

Treats various types of cancer and hepatitis

Cancer and hepatitis

Promotes urination and reduces edema

Edema due to Damp-Heat

Ascites from cirrhosis

Mildly dispels Blood Stasis and stops bleeding

Bleeding from trauma, hematemesis, epistaxis, and painful bloody urinary dysfunction

  • Use with caution during pregnancy.
  • Use with caution for those with Blood Deficiency.

Flos Chrysanthemi Indici
Ye Ju Hua
Hb. Violae
Zi Hua Di Ding

Carapax Trionycis
Bie Jia
Rx. Salviae Miltiorrhizae
Dan Shen
Rx. Paeoniae Alba
Bai Shao

Hb. Hedyotis Diffusae
Bai Hua She She Cao
Fr. Akebiae
Ba Yue Zha


Liver cancer.

Cancers of the digestive tract.

Rz. Alismatis
Ze Xie
Hb. Lobeliae
Ban Bian Lian
Stigma Maydis
Yu Mi Xu

Fr. Gardeniae
Zhi Zi
Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Hb. Artemisiae Scopariae
Yin Chen Hao

Hb. Houttuyniae
Yu Xing Cao


Damp-Heat jaundice.

Lung abscesses.

Hb. Hedyotis Diffusae
Bai Hua She She Cao






  1. Some sources list this herb in the Anti-Cancer category.
  2. It is mostly used for toxic sore throat and cancers.
  3. This herb cools Heat, resolves toxicity, expels Wind, disperses Blood, promotes movement of Qi, facilitates water, unblocks the collaterals, breaks up Stasis, and alleviates pain. It treats Blood Lin syndrome, hematemesis, and epistaxis internally and poisonous snakebite, boils, abscesses, deep-set noxious sores and toxic swellings topically.
  4. Both Ban Zhi Lian and Hb. Andrographitis Chuan Xin Lian clear Heat, resolve toxicity, reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Ban Zhi Lian is acrid, bitter and cold and is better at eliminating Stagnation, reducing swelling and alleviating pain. It is used for Lung, Stomach and Intestinal abscesses (including cancers) and Blood Stasis due to trauma. Chuan Xin Lian is bitter, cold and better at clearing Heat and resolving toxicity. It also cools Blood Heat, and reduces swelling and is much more bitter than Ban Zhi Lian.
  5. This is one of the most frequently used anti-cancer herbs.
  6. It is used to treat esophageal, Stomach and uterine cancer.
  7. The juice is used topically.