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
Slightly Acrid
(Astringent )
Slightly Cold
(San Jiao)
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), carbuncles, erysipelas, pustules under the skin, Lung abscess, scrofula and throat Bi

Clears Blood Heat

Blood Heat

Promotes urination

Lin syndrome, dysuria, hematuria, acute nephritis
  • 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.

Rx. Isatidis
Ban Lan Gen

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

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

Any externally contracted Heat disorder.

Wind-Heat common cold or influenza.

Mumps and erysipelas.

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

Rx. Isatidis
Ban Lan Gen
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Flos Chrysanthemi Indici
Ye Ju Hua


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. Fritillariae
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


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 and scanty urine, or urinary discomfort.

Rashes due to Blood Heat.

Hb. Lophatheri
Dan Zhu Ye
Caulis Akebiae
Mu Tong


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. It is usually used wit Rx. Glycyrrhizae Gan Cao.
  8. Treats microbial toxicosis.
  9. Treats externally contracted Wind-Heat or Warm pathogen entering the Pericardium with irritability, fever, delirium or rashes due to Blood Heat.
  10. It also promotes urination and and leads Heart Fire out through the urine.
  11. It is said to treat tuberculosis and herpes simplex and hepatitis.
  12. It treats gangrene of the extremities.
  13. Eliminates Phlegm.
  14. Good for any case of Lung Heat or Heart Fire obstructing the fluids.
  15. It also treats morphine toxicity.
  16. Green Forsythia Qing Lian Qiao or Forsythia with Seeds Dai Xin Lian Qiao are best for cooling and resolving toxicity.
  17. Yellow Forsythia Huang Lian Qiao or Clean Forsythia Jing Lian Qiao is best for reducing boils and dispersing clumps.
  18. Forsythia Seeds Lian Qiao Xin are used when Heat enters the Pericardium leading to impaired conscious and delirious speech.