Pharmaceutical Latin: Radix Rhapontici/Echinopsis
Common English: Rhaponticum Root
Broad Leaf Globethistle Root

Herbs that Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs that Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity

Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Tincture: 1-4ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat, resolves toxicity, drains abscesses and swellings and expels pus

Early stages of sores and abscesses when they are red, swollen and painful

Especially for swelling and pain in the breast area

Causes milk to descend (promotes lactation)

Encourages lactation, especially when there are signs of Heat

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy.
  • Do not use for insufficient lactation due to Deficiency.

Fr. Forsythiae
Lian Qiao
Rx. et Rz. Rhei
Da Huang
(Hb. Taraxaci)
(Pu Gong Ying)

Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou
Bul. Fritillariae Thunbergii
Zhe Bei Mu
Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying

Rx. Astragali
Huang Qi
Cx. Phellodendri
Huang Bai
Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua

Acute stage of abscesses with redness, swelling, Heat and pain.

Especially used for breast abscesses.

Red, painful and swollen breasts.

Chronic non-healing ulcers.

Hb. Lobeliae Chinensis
Ban Bian Lian

Medulla Tetrapanacis
Tong Cao
Sm. Vaccariae
Wang Bu Liu Xing

Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou

Hard fixed masses.

Insufficient lactation.

Red, painful, swollen breasts.

Promotes lactation due to Qi Stagnation transforming into Heat.

Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen
Rx. Angelicae Sinensis
Dang Gui

Fr. Trichosanthis
Gua Lou

Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying

Spina Gleditsiae
Zao Jiao Ci

Sm. Vaccariae
Wang Bu Liu Xing

Squama Manitis
Chuan Shan Jia

Breast abscess with pus that has ruptured.

Breast abscess without pus that has not ruptured.

Insufficient milk production or obstruction of milk flow due to Heat.

Rx. Scrophulariae
Xuan Shen
Rx. Isatidis
Ban Lan Gen



Sore throat.



  • This herb has an anti fungal effect.
  • This herb is used primarily for Heat toxin in the skin, noxious sores, boils, hemorrhoids, Damp Bi and descending milk.
  • It is especially good for breast abscesses due to Qi and Blood Stagnation.
  • Although it is Cold, it still has unblocking and facilitating actions.
  • It can be used alone for dermatological disorders.
  • This herb has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
  • It promotes the movement of Qi, improves vision and prolongs life if taken over a long period of time.
  • One source says that it soothes the Small Intestine, cures emission, hematuria, hematochezia, infantile high fever, breast abscess and scrofula.
  • It stops bleeding, draws out pus and supplements the Blood to nourish the muscles.
  • It is also said to kill roundworms