Pharmaceutical Latin: Herba Portulacae
Common English: Purslane
Herbs That Clean Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs That Clean Heat and Detoxify; Target Warm and Heat Diseases
Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat, resolves Fire toxicity, cools the Blood

Toxic Fire dysentery

Damp-Heat dysentery

Blood Heat

Blood Lin (urinary dysfunction)

Primarily used for bacillary dysentery with incomplete bowel movements

Clears Damp-Heat and treats sores

Fire toxin carbuncles or sores Chuang Yung (internal and topical)

Red and white vaginal discharge

Antidote for the pain and swelling of snakebite and wasp stings

Snakebite and wasp stings

Stops bleeding, disperses Blood Stagnation and unblocks painful urinary dysfunction

Bloody painful urinary dysfunction (Blood Lin)

Uterine bleeding, especially postpartum

Hot. painful urinary dysfunction

  • Contraindicated during pregnancy (Spleen and Stomach Deficiency Cold during pregnancy).

Rx. Scutellariae
Huang Qin
Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying


Rx. Pulsatillae
Bai Tou Weng


Damp-Heat dysenteric disorders.

Intestinal abscess. Dysenteric disorders due to Heat Toxin.

Bul. Allii Sativi
Da Suan


Rz. Coptidis
Huang Lian

Endoconcha Sepiae
Hai Piao Xiao


Bacterial diarrhea or dysentery.

White vaginal discharge with or without the presence of Blood.


  1. It is especially for treating good for treating dysentery where colicky tenesmus persists after bowel movements.
  2. This herb can stimulate abortion.
  3. The fresh juice is used alone to treat bacterial diarrhea or dysentery.
  4. It can be used topically for Heat and toxins in the skin.
  5. Made into a paste and applied topically it is used for sores, lesions, hemorrhoids, ulcerations and eczema.
  6. It is used for gastrointestinal tract infections, leukorrhea, skin eruptions, insect bites and snake bites.