Pharmaceutical Latin: Caulis Lonicerae
Common English: Honeysuckle Vine
Lonicera Vine

Herbs That Clear Heat and Purge Fire: Herbs That Clear Heat and Detoxify; Target Warm and Heat Diseases

Taste Temperature Entering Meridians Dosage
Large Intestine
Tincture: 2-5ml
Actions Indications/Syndromes

Clears Heat and resolves toxicity

Sores and skin eruptions

Dispels Wind-Dampness, soothes the sinews and unblocks the channels


Cools the Blood

Adjunctively for hot abdominal pain, early periods Excess bleeding and mastitis

Relieves abdominal pain due to inflammation

Blood Heat dysentery

Clears Damp-Heat from the Lower Jiao

Damp-Heat in the Lower Jiao

Expels Wind-Heat


  • Contraindicated for those with diarrhea due to Spleen and Stomach Deficiency Cold.
  • Contraindicated for those with sores due to Qi Deficiency.
  • Contraindicated for those with Yin ulcers.

Rx. Glycyrrhizae
Gan Cao
Rice Wine

Flos Lonicerae
Jin Yin Hua

Ram. Mori
Sang Zhi


Topical application for sores.

Wind-Heat throughout the body affecting the channels and collaterals with stiffness and pain.

Heat in the joints.

Caulis Sargentodoxae
Hong Teng
Hb. Patriniae
Bai Jiang Cao

Rx. Rehmanniae
Sheng Di Huang
Cx. Lycii
Di Gu Pi

Rx. Sanguisorbae
Di Yu
Rx. Rubiae
Qian Cao Gen

Abdominal pain due to inflammation.

Early periods due to Blood Heat.

Excessive bleeding due to Blood Heat.

Hb. Taraxaci
Pu Gong Ying
Rx. Trichosanthis
Tian Hua Fen
Spina Gleditsiae
Zao Jiao Ci

Rx. Clematidis
Wei Ling Xian
Rx. Gentianae Macrophyllae
Qin Jiao
Rz. et Rx. Notopterygii
Qiang Huo
Rx. Angelicae Pubescentis
Du Huo
Caulis Impatientis
Tou Gu Cao


Heat Bi with redness, swelling and burning pain.  
  1. This herb is called “the stem that resists winter”.
  2. It is primarily used to treat abscesses and sores and Wind-Damp-Heat-Bi.
  3. This herb may substitute for Flos Lonicerae Japonica Jin Yin Hua.
  4. Its actions are focused on the channels.
  5. It unblocks channels and collaterals to stop pain – for Wind-Heat Bi.
  6. The dry vine is not as rapid in its effect as the fresh.
  7. Both Ren Dong Teng and Flos Lonicerae Jin Yin Hua clear Heat and resolve toxicity. Ren Dong Teng is not as strong, but it can expel Wind-Heat from the channels and collaterals to stop pain which Jin Yin Hua cannot do. Ren Dong Teng is therefore useful for Wind-Damp-Heat Bi and for abscesses and sores.
  8. Both Ren Dong Teng and Caulis Sargentodoxae Hong Teng resolve toxicity, reduce sores, clear Heat, and treat Bi Syndrome and abdominal pain. Ren Dong Teng clears Wind-Heat from the collaterals to stop pain while Hong Teng resolves toxicity, invigorates Blood, stops pain and treats breast and abdominal abscesses.